Martinez threw 62 pitches, nearly double his previous high of 34 this year. He removed the two gel pads from his right shoe between his warmup and bullpen session, stating it would help him better understand how his right big toe feels.
“It was a really good day,” Martinez said. “I felt a little bit uncomfortable but nothing to stop what I’m doing.”
He worked on location and breaking balls more than he has in his past spring bullpens and felt encouraged.
“I could get into a game right now and throw a strike,” he said. “but I want to face batters in a bullpen first … I feel better. To me, it’s not an issue whether I pitch opening day or second day.”
Martinez’s right big toe hurts due to the repeated motion of his followthrough. He stopped twice to address the surface of the practice mound with pitching coach Rick Peterson and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, and groundskeepers used a large tractor and tiller to break up the sun-baked clay.
After Martinez threw his last pitch, Wilpon (above) met with more than half a dozen groundskeepers, including head groundskeeper Tommy Bowes. The group got to work smoothing down the six practice mounds.
“The mounds need some work,” Wilpon said.
The White Sox have acquired IF Alex Cintron from the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Jeff Bajenaru.
The afternoon after Team Canada allowed 8 runs to the powerhouse that is the South African national side, Orioles prospect Adam Loewen has held the USA’s star-studded lineup to no runs and 3 hits through 3 innings in Phoenix. Dontrelle Willis and Al Leiter were shelled ; Jason Bay and Corey Koskie I can understand, but see what happens when you take Stubby Clapp lightly?
I think we can all agree that Wayne Gretzky did a terrific job in putting the Canadian team together.
Adam Stern just hit an inside the park HR to put Canada up, 8-0. Only two more runs before the mercy rule kicks in.