Martinez hopeful that Friday rehab start will be last

“I’m aware of them trying to get Halladay,” Martinez said. “I’m glad they’re trying to do that. That shows me they’re trying to win, for sure. A guy like Halladay will probably reassure that we have a very good chance to win.”


Pedro Martinez yesterday threw a smooth, 56-pitch bullpen session at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Nearly 2 hours later Martinez, showered and freshened, entertained a flock of media members as he addressed latest step in his path back to the majors. The next step, he expects: A start here Friday.

And then?

“I hope that if everything goes well, that will be my last step,” Martinez said. “I’m looking forward to making the next one, on Friday, the last one.

  He’s got a million reasons to get going as soon as possible.

The Phillies signed Martinez July 15 for the rest of this season. He reportedly will make about $900,000 guaranteed – but he can earn another $1.275 in incentives if he spends the last 2 months on the active roster and starts regularly.

He wouldn’t mind if he fills out the back of a rotation fronted by fellow Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, whom the Phils are trying to pry from the Blue Jays before Friday’s trade deadline.