Pedro's return brief

From Paul Hagen ...

Pedro Martinez's first action in a game since last September turned out to be brief thanks to rainy weather in Clearwater, Fla.

Martinez, 37, faced six St. Lucie Mets today in a Class A Florida State League game before the game was called. Martinez throw four pitches in the second inning before the decision was made to stop the game.

Martinez allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings. The other three outs he recorded were all fly balls. He also hit a batter.

"I'm satisfied. I'm not going to go against Mother Nature," Martinez said. "In that second inning, I was ready to really go after it. But it just didn't happen. I was excited to let it go. [It's not a setback] because I felt good. Really good."

He then went to the batting cage in order to throw the remainder of the 80 to 90 pitches he was scheduled to throw today after a call came from Philadelphia to make sure he got his work in.

Martinez will throw a side session at Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He claimed he didn't know where he'd pitch next, but that felt like he was on track to make his next start on Friday. That could be a Lehigh Valley, because the Ironpigs are at home.