Injury Means Martinez Will Skip the Postseason

September 29th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Injury Means Martinez Will Skip the Postseason

From the Associated Press

September 29, 2006

New York Mets ace Pedro Martinez is out for the postseason after an exam Thursday showed he has a torn tendon in his left calf muscle.

The Mets, who won their first National League East title since 1988 with Martinez battling injuries most of the season, won't have the three-time Cy Young Award winner at all in the playoffs.

Martinez returned to New York after getting knocked around badly in his last start of the regular season Wednesday night, a 13-1 loss to Atlanta. An MRI exam showed a tear in the left calf different from the right calf injury that recently put him on the disabled list for a month.

"He did mention [Wednesday] that he felt some pain in the other leg," General Manager Omar Minaya said. "The bottom line is he's not going to be available."

Martinez will need four to six weeks to recover from the final setback of an injury-plagued season. Surgery will not be required.

Orlando Hernandez will start Game 1 next week in the best-of-five division series, the slot that was supposed to go to Martinez. Tom Glavine will go in Game 2.

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