By Sheila Dwyer, Shoulder1 Staff
Pedro Martinez and general manager Dan Duquette are engaged in a war of words regarding the condition of the Boston Red Sox pitcher’s shoulder.
“What I don’t appreciate is Duquette saying I’m healthy because then it is not true,” Martinez remarked before Boston’s September 4th game against the Cleveland Indians. “I’m doing the best that I can to help the team, but I’m not 100 percent…”
Martinez has suffered from a minor tear in his rotator cuff for most of the season. He came off the disabled list on August 26th and has started two games since then.
According to normal rotation, Martinez will be the starting pitcher for the September 7th game against the New York Yankees. However, Martinez is taking a “wait-and-see” attitude, saying that his shoulder is sore and he will evaluate how he feels later in the week before he decides whether to start in the game.
Team physician Dr. Bill Morgan told the three-time Cy Young Award winner that he has a thinning of the rotator cuff. Dr. Lewis Yocum, team doctor of the Anaheim Angels, said there was a small tear.
“Once I heard tear, I freaked out a little bit,” Martinez said.
GM Duquette has come under fire by both fans and players since the August 16th firing of manager Jimy Williams. Over the past few days, Martinez let it be known publicly that he does not appreciate Duquette’s comments to the press.
“I think Dan knows as much about medicine as I do, maybe less,” Martinez commented. “That’s why I’m surprised he said I’m healthy.”