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Elbow surgery will end Martinez's season

By Juan C. Rodriguez

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Posted July 6 2006

 

WASHINGTON -- Carlos Martinez's season is over.

 

As the Marlins feared, the right-hander needs Tommy John surgery. Dr. James Andrews, who examined Martinez on Wednesday, will perform the operation today in Birmingham, Ala.

 

Martinez won't begin a throwing program until November and likely won't be back until several weeks into the 2007 season.

 

It's a disappointing outcome to what began as a promising rookie season for Martinez. Utilizing a mid-90s fastball and good slider, Martinez made the team out of spring training and became one of the Marlins' setup men.

 

Before this season he had totaled three innings above high-Class A.

 

Martinez was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA, five walks and nine strikeouts in six games (62/3 innings) before an elbow strain landed him on the disabled list. He returned June 4 and made six more appearances before the problem resurfaced June 22 at Baltimore.

 

Link: Sun Sentinel

 

 

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Hopefully he'll make a full return next year without any complications.

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Even if he gets somewhat healthy next year, he should stay somewhere in the minors and take it very easy. Best fit would be to send him back to Jupiter in the FSL so he isn't far away; he has pitched there before so he should be comfortable. We can then hopefully see him healthy for the long term in 2008.

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