Martinez Hams It up on the DL

by Alex Resch on April 2, 2008 @ 01:15:17 PDT

 


ESPNews reports the New York Mets have placed starting pitcher Pedro Martinez (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Martinez is expected to be out four to six weeks.

Martinez has had injury issues over the last couple of seasons, including last season when he appeared in only five games. He has proven that he can still perform at a high level when healthy. After missing the majority of the season, he finished the month of September with three wins and 32 strikeouts in 28 innings of work.

The Mets called up pitcher Nelson Figueroa from Triple-A New Orleans and temporarily assigned him to the bullpen. Manager Willie Randolph indicated that it's likely the 33-year-old Figueroa will get a start when they play host to the Milwaukee Brewers April 11 through April 13, though. Figueroa has no fantasy value.

In leagues with the option to put Martinez on the disabled list, fantasy owners should look to do so. In shallow mixed leagues, fantasy owners with a full disabled list could consider dropping Martinez to pick up the best available starter; this is more so an option for owners who cannot afford to go a month or so without production. If you have a DL spot available, stash Pedro until he is fully healthy, especially in deep mixed or NL-only leagues. Given Martinez's age (36) he may take a little longer to recover than younger pitchers do, which could extend his stint on the DL.

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Resch has been a KFFL Hot Off the Wire Analyst since 2006.

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