Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Phillies Introduce Pedro at Press Conference

        The Phillies have just finished up a press conference welcoming Pedro Martinez to the team.  Questions were directed to Pedro and general manager Rueben Amaro Jr.  Pedro was put on the 15-day disabled list, not because he is injured.  He was put on the DL so he could make some starts down in the minor leagues to build his arm up.

        Pedro said that he feels better now than he did pitching for the Mets last year, going 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA.  Speaking of the Mets, Pedro says he still loves everyone up in Queens.  

        Pedro told everyone not to expect the old Pedro, but he did say that he's healthier than last year.  He said he's excited to pitch for the Phils and that he hopes to improve the rotation.  

        One question asked why it took this long for him to be signed by a Major League team.  He responded by saying that he was picky about what team he wanted to go to.  He said he wanted a contender who planned to put him in the rotation.

        Pedro also said that he is coming here to be a starter.  He does not expect to move to the bullpen but said he would be open to if the organization put him there.  He wants at least a chance to start.

        Someone asked if Pedro expected to be with the Phillies long term.  Pedro responded, "Not too long," but if he pitches well the rest of this season, it would not be surprising if Pedro started next season with the Phils.

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