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Via the New York Posts:

Finally Pedro Martinez made his first rehab start last night, but his outing was far from dominating.

Martinez, pitching for St. Lucie (Single-A), went three innings against Lakeland, giving up five runs on six hits, including solo homers from Justin Justice and Deik Scram.

The rehabbing ace did strike out five without a walk. He threw 63 pitches in the game, and tossed 17 more in the bullpen afterward.

“I felt great,” Martinez told the AP. “My arm, my body is recovering good. Making adjustments will take me a little while. I haven’t pitched in so long. . . . I’m not going to be the Pedro they’re used to seeing right now.”

For what it’s worth, Mets bullpen coach Guy “White Daddy’ Conti seemed encouraged by the outing, telling the Post that Pedro “got the rust knocked off of him.” Nevertheless, there appears to be some rust still clinging to the former ace’s fastball, which reportedly topped out at 88 mph. According to Pedro, he was most displeased with his splitter but felt comfortable with his other pitches. Time will tell if this rocky first rehab start was a sign of things to come or simply a blip on the radar.

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