Dodgers look at Martínez
Pedro Martínez has caught the attention of Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.
Colletti said yesterday at spring training in Phoenix that he is "curious" about the possibility of filling the fifth spot in the rotation with the free agent righthander. Martínez pitched six innings of one-hit ball for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic last week.
"With his history, and I've had firsthand experience facing him so many times, he's a tough competitor," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Just from what little I've seen of him, he may not have the velocity he once had, but he has the know-how."
The 37-year-old, three-time Cy Young Award winner broke in with the Dodgers in 1992 and was traded to Montreal a year later. His prime years were with the Red Sox. Injuries have limited Martínez over the past three seasons with the Mets.
The Dodgers slugger was scratched from the exhibition game against South Korea because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Torre said he expects to use Ramírez as the designated hitter against Texas today. "He wanted to play today, and I didn't think there was much sense in doing that," Torre said after the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over South Korea.
Ramírez said he felt the hamstring tighten up as he ran from second base to home during a drill before batting practice yesterday morning.
"It's going to get better, so I'm not worried about it," said Ramírez. "I'm not disappointed. You've got plenty of time to get ready. That's in my favor, so I'm going to take it day by day."
Ramírez has been showing up before dawn to get in playing shape after missing the first two weeks of spring training while negotiating the two-year, $45 million contract he signed last week.