Forget About Pedro in 2010
Don’t expect a 2010 reunion.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said before tonight’s All-Star Game that he spoke yesterday with Martinez’s agent, Fernando Cuza, in the lobby of their hotel in Anaheim. He asked Cuza what Martinez has been doing lately. Cuza told him that Martinez still has not thrown off a mound.
Cross Martinez off the Phillies’ list of potential pitching help for the second half.
Last season Martinez had been on the mound …
“A lot,” Amaro said. “From the WBC on. They’re different circumstances. He had thrown all the way up until now. He hasn’t gotten on a mound. Only Pedro could say when he’d be ready. I’m sure he knows, but I couldn’t tell you.”
Amaro would not say there is zero chance the Phillies bring back Martinez, but you only need to read between the lines to know he won’t be back.
The Phillies have a 3.92 ERA, which ranks sixth in the National League. That is a marked improvement from last season, when the Phillies ranked 14th with a 4.61 ERA at the break. Phillies starters this season have a 3.95 ERA, while Phillies starters last season had a 4.98 ERA at the break.
That does not mean the Phillies aren’t looking for pitching help. They are.
J.A. Happ could help at some point, but they also are looking for help outside the organization. The Phillies optioned Happ to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this month. He allowed six hits, three runs, three walks and struck out seven in five innings in his last start Saturday.
“He threw OK,” Amaro said. “He’s not quite the same pitcher as he was last year yet, but he’s getting close.”