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Jerry_Manuel
09-04-2001, 09:29 PM
Pedro angry with Duquette for questioning his health
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez has a minor tear in his rotator cuff and criticized Boston general manager Dan Duquette for saying he was healthy.

"What I don't appreciate is Duquette saying I'm healthy because then it is not true," Martinez said Tuesday before Boston's game against the Cleveland Indians. "I'm doing the best that I can to help the team, but I'm not 100 percent. ...

"I think Dan knows as much about medicine as I do, maybe less," he added. "That's why I'm surprised he said I'm healthy."

The three-time Cy Young Award winner has made two starts since coming off the disabled list Aug. 26 after being diagnosed with a minor tear in his rotator cuff. His normal turn in the rotation would be Friday night, when Boston plays at Yankee Stadium.

But he said his arm was sore and he'd wait to see how he feels later in the week before deciding whether to make that start.

On the day Boston fired former pitching coach John Cumberland, Martinez revealed Red Sox team physician Dr. Bill Morgan had told him he has thinning of the rotator cuff. Anaheim team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum said there was a minor tear.

"Once I heard tear, I freaked out a little bit," Martinez said.

He spoke calmly for 15 minutes. He said the decision Sunday night to reassign Cumberland, who had served as pitching coach under new manager Joe Kerrigan, "wasn't fair."

Martinez didn't echo Nomar Garciaparra, who said Sunday night after learning of Cumberland's dismissal, "That's why no one wants to ... play here." But the star pitcher did express concern.

"When Nomar says something, believe me, you have a problem," Martinez said, "because Nomar is not the type of guy that's going to be saying anything."

The Red Sox were in playoff contention before firing manager Jimy Williams on Aug. 16. Kerrigan, who had never managed in professional baseball, took a 6-11 record and an eight-game losing streak into Tuesday's game.


Boston started the day with almost no chance to reach the playoffs, trailing the Yankees by 9 games in the AL East and the Oakland Athletics by 8 in the wild-card race.


Clubhouse dissension escalated with Cumberland's dismissal after Sunday night's 1-0 Yankees' victory in which Mike Mussina came within one strike of a perfect game before Carl Everett singled.

Cumberland, who spoke with several media outlets Tuesday, told the Boston Herald: "I didn't create the monster that's down there right now, and Jimy Williams didn't create it either. Dan Duquette created the monster."

Cumberland told the Boston Globe: "Duquette wanted to do an evaluation on me. I said, 'It's better to do an evaluation on yourself.' "

On Tuesday, the Red Sox announced that they had terminated Cumberland's contract for failing to report to the team's minor league base at Fort Myers, Fla., where he had been reassigned.

In his last outing Saturday, Martinez (7-2) allowed no runs and two hits in six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.22 in 17 starts. He didn't get the loss in New York's 2-1 win.

The next day, amid speculation that Martinez might be better off not pitching again this season with the team virtually out of contention, Duquette said Martinez was healthy and owed it to fans to pitch.

"I got hurt because of the fans, because I wanted to do it for the fans and for myself and my teammates," Martinez said. "It's not for Duquette who we pitch for. We pitch for the fans.

"He's the boss," Martinez added. "I'm going to try to pitch as much as I can and, if I can't, well, he can't force me to pitch."

Martinez is in the fourth year of a $75 million, six-year contract with a club option for 2004.

"If I'm hurting, I'm just going to shut it down," Martinez said. "If he wants to take my check, he can take it. When I came here I was a millionaire, and it's not going to make me any richer or whatever by forcing me to pitch."

charlie browned
09-04-2001, 10:51 PM
:KW
Pedro my man, if you were playing with us we wouldn't even have known about your torn rotator cuff...we like to wait until the labrum goes...

Daver
09-04-2001, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by charlie browned

Pedro my man, if you were playing with us we wouldn't even have known about your torn rotator cuff...we like to wait until the labrum goes...

I still don't know what a Labrum is.

charlie browned
09-04-2001, 11:00 PM
"I didn't create the monster that's down there right now, and Jimy Williams didn't create it either. Dan Duquette created the monster."


http://www.mlb.com/bos/photo/ph_play_mugshot_113946.jpg
"And I helped!"

Chisox_cali
09-04-2001, 11:02 PM
I still don't know what a Labrum is.

heres a little something i found daver


http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1999/06_99/richards.htm

Daver
09-04-2001, 11:09 PM
Thanx,now I know what is wrong with Rocky Biddle.
Yesterday I couldn't spell Labrum,today I can diagnois one.
Gotta love the cyber age.