Pedro Martinez will start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, according to team sources.
Martinez, who has not pitched since Sept. 30 and has not lasted more than three innings since Sept. 13, threw a simulated game Tuesday.
“He’s did enough work that I’m confident sending him out,” manager Charlie Manuel said before the decision was revealed. “I think he is capable of throwing anywhere from 75-90 pitches, maybe 95, maybe even 100. But I think that gets us into the sixth inning or the seventh, and I think that where we’re at with out pitching and everything, that would work…he threw a simulated game yesterday, and what I saw, I liked his stuff.”
Joe Blanton was another candidate to start Game 2 , but Manuel said that Blanton and J.A. Happ would spend the “first few games” in the bullpen. Lee pitched on Monday, and would not be on full rest until Sunday’s Game 3.
“I definitely look at Joe Blanton as a starter,” the manager said. “(But) he is the guy who can really set our bullpen up. In front of those (Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge), he gives me some leverage in the back… he is the guy who can mentally go get ‘em, and the grit and the desire and whatever you want to say.
Blanton was not yet sure what his role in the series would be. “I have no idea,” he said. “I’ll do whatever they want me to do.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers said yesterday that their playoff rotation would consist of Clayton Kershaw today, Vicente Padilla tomorrow, Huroki Kuroda on Sunday and Randy Wolf on Monday.
Also according to team sources, righthander Chan Ho Park and utilityman Eric Bruntlett were added to the NLCS roster, and righthanders Brett Myers and Kyle Kendrick were not.
Park (hamstring) threw three bullpen sessions in Clearwater, Fla. in the past week, and said yesterday that he was ready to pitch.
“Feels good,” he said. “Yeah, I’m ready. Really ready.”
“I think health-wise, he’s there,” said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Myers never appeared to recover from a muscle strain in his upper back suffered in September. He also underwent hip surgery in June.
Bruntlett gives the team another option for late-inning defense and pinch-running.