Philadelphia Phillies’ Pedro Martinez strains neck

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by Andrew on Sunday 20 September 2009 at 2:43 pm

The Phillies have gotten a rejuvenated and healthy Pedro Martinez this year, as the 37-year has looked like a vintage Pedro.  That was until his start Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, where he left after only three innings due to a “stiff neck”.  The Braves ended up winning the game 6-4, as they held off a Phillies rally in the 9th inning.  The bigger news was Pedro and his neck, as he said he felt some discomfort there after swinging and missing on a curveball during his second inning at bat.  His neck began to stiffen up soon after that and manager Charlie Manuel shut him down before the start of the 4th inning.  Pedro had already given up three runs and seven hits, so it was the right move by Manuel.  It didn’t sound like that serious of an injury for Martinez, but neck injuries tend to linger around for a while and this may be a big problem for the Phillies.

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