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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Pedro to miss the entire WBC?

Newsday is reporting that Pedro Martinez is missing the first round of the WBC, and may wind up missing every round. Now, this is good news and bad news. It's good news because should Pedro not pitch in the WBC at all then we don't have to worry about him overdoing his workload, and possibly getting hurt. The bad news is that Pedro may be seriously hurt, and if he can't pitch in the WBC that may mean he can't pitch in Spring Training games, which may mean that he might not be ready for opening day. I hope the latter isn't the case, the Mets must have a healthy Pedro in order to be succesful this year. I'd also like to point out that a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Pedro may be pretending to be more hurt than he actually is in an attempt to avoid pitching in the WBC without getting scrutinized by the likes of Dominicans,and most reently, Ozzie Guillen. However, this almost isn't the right thing to say, but I'll say it anyway. Let's say hypothetically speaking that Pedro is indeed seriously hurt, and his injury causes him to miss a couple of starts in Spring Training and he winds up either on the DL or in AAA working on his stamina, or he winds up pitching on a pitch count under 100 on opening day. If this turns out to be the case then it could become a blessing in disguise. As we all know, last year Pedro started to run out of gas down the stretch, and if he misses a couple of games, or doesn't throw 100 pitches in a couple more games then maybe he'll be fresher come September. However, I am going to try and kick those thoughts out of my head, and focus more on the positives. Speaking of positives, Bret Boone believes that he can return to his 2004, gold glove winning, 24 home run hitting, form. Also, according to Ben Shipgel of the New York Times Boone is the front-runner for the job, if he can show that he has something left in the tank.

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