Wow, that didn’t take long. The injury-prone hurler wasn’t on the roster for more than a few minutes Wednesday before he landed on the DL.
But, Martinez landing on the DL wasn’t all doom and gloom.
He was going to take a few weeks to get into game shape. By landing on the DL Pedro can make a few rehabilitation starts in the minors so that he will be in Major-League form by the time he joins the team around August 1.
Despite going on the DL, the signing was full of upside in part because Pedro didn’t cost much.
The Phils got Pedro for $1 million a season with incentives totaling as much as another $1.5 million, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.
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Even though Pedro’s best pitching days were behind him the Phils might steal five or six wins down the stretch if a rested Martinez throws even half as good as he once did.
And, he doesn't have to start. He could work out as a long reliever or even set-up man in the bullpen.
"I'll give them whatever they need," Martinez told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
So Philly join me as we welcome Petey into the fold. And, don’t fret -- the Phils could still pursue Roy Halladay to really round out the rotation.