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Pedro Martinez has arrived

Pedro Martinez arrived at Philadelphia International airport late last night in advance of a physical that team sources suggest is scheduled for today.

Pedro Martinez has arrived

Pedro Martinez arrived at Philadelphia International airport late last night in advance of a physical that team sources suggest is scheduled for today.

Upon his arrival, Martinez told two television stations that health problems as well as the recent death of his father helped contribute to his 5.61 ERA last season.

Provided Martinez passes the physical, an important piece given the 37-year-old's recent struggles with hip and shoulder problems, the Phillies are expected to announced his signing Wednesday.

Martinez still has to knock off some rust before he would be ready to pitch. It is unlikely that he will be available when the Phillies first need him on Monday. Provided veteran Rodrigo Lopez has receovered from a bout with shoulder tightness, he could get another two to three starts before Martinez is ready.

"I really want to bring something to the Phillies or to whoever I go, but it's gonna take a little bit longer," Martinez told ABC News last night. "I haven't really pitched that much in the last month or so."

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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