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Pedro Martinez to miss 4-6 weeks with hamstring pull

The three-time Cy Young winner started Tuesday’s game against the Florida Marlins. From AP-

MIAMI — Pedro Martinez will be sidelined four to six weeks with what the New York Mets said was a mild strain of his left hamstring.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the Mets’ game against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

Martinez was injured Tuesday night, returned to New York on Wednesday and was examined by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

“We just have to play and get after it,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said after Wednesday night’s 13-0 win over the Marlins. “We’re going to miss him. I’m not trying to downplay losing Pedro. It’s unfortunate. He worked real hard to get back to this point. I know he was looking forward to being in the clubhouse around this team to help us win.”

The Mets will need Oliver Perez, who threw six shutout innings Wednesday’s night, and John Maine to pitch well until Martinez returns, and find another starter.

“We’re looking forward to those guys stepping up,” Randolph said.

That’s manager speak for- “Shit, this team needs a miracle now.” For Martinez, who is trying to comeback from injuries suffered in 06, this injury early in 2008 can’t be considered a good omen.

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