Mets' Martínez Will Miss Four to Six Weeks

The Mets said Pedro Mart�nez suffered a mildly strained hamstring on Tuesday.
The Mets said Pedro Mart�nez suffered a mildly strained hamstring on Tuesday. (By Doug Benc -- Getty Images)
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

RHP Pedro Martínez will be sidelined four to six weeks with what the Mets said was a mild strain of his left hamstring.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the Mets' 13-0 defeat of the Marlins last night.

Martínez was injured Tuesday night, returned to New York and was examined by David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

"We just have to play and get after it," Mets Manager Willie Randolph said after last night's game. "We're going to miss him. I'm not trying to downplay losing Pedro. It's unfortunate. He worked real hard to get back to this point. I know he was looking forward to being in the clubhouse around this team to help us win."

The Mets filled Martínez's roster spot by purchasing the contract of RHP Nelson Figueroa from Class AAA New Orleans. Figueroa could start against the Phillies at home next week. Jorge Sosa is a long-shot possibility for the rotation.

DODGERS: Third base coach Larry Bowa was incensed after being suspended for three games and fined by the commissioner's office following a wild argument on Tuesday.

Bowa was tossed in the sixth inning against the Giants by umpire Ed Montague, who had told him to keep within the boundaries of the coaching box. Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, cited Bowa for "inappropriate and aggressive conduct," which included making contact with Montague several times.

"It's ludicrous is what it is. Probably the suspension's more ludicrous than the rule," Bowa said before last night's game. "There's no due process. For getting kicked out of the game, you get a three-game suspension. It's totally uncalled for. I have no idea why. You have to ask the people in New York that wear the coats and ties and don't get on the field."

Bowa expected an explanation from Watson. "I got a fine, which I expected. But I don't even know what the fine is, to be honest with you," he said. "I left a voicemail, and obviously I knew I wouldn't get a return call from him. They don't want to hear the coach's side of the story."

-- From News Services

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