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Martinez ready for return to Phillies

By: AP
By: AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pedro Martinez says he was "too brave"
when he pitched hurt his final years in New York, and he's excited
about his return to the major leagues with the Philadelphia
Phillies.

Martinez agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the
Phillies on Wednesday.

The team put the three-time Cy Young winner on the 15-day
disabled list with a shoulder strain. Phillies general manager
Ruben Amaro Jr. says he has confidence Martinez will be ready pitch
in two to three weeks.

Martinez went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA for the New York Mets last
year. He pitched in the World Baseball Classic before this season.

Martinez says his last few years have been horrible. He knows he
hasn't pitched like he did when he was one of baseball's best
pitchers.


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