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Martinez Ready to Return to Action

August 24, 2001

BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez will make his scheduled start Sunday in Texas against the Rangers, two months to the day of his last outing.

Martinez, recovering from a sore shoulder, was checked out by Anaheim Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum after throwing for 15 minutes prior to Thursday night’s game.

``He’ll tee it up Sunday,″ Red Sox pitching coach John Cumberland said. ``He used all his pitches and his mechanics were fine. He had no problems at all. His location was there, with all his pitches. He was very, very good.″

Martinez said Yocum told him to be cautious, but as long as he feels comfortable, he risks no further injury by throwing.

``He said I have to listen to my body, but no more than 60 pitches,″ the three-time Cy Young winner said. ``I have to really be careful not to overcompensate because of my shoulder, and not get sore in other parts of my body.″

Martinez went on the disabled list June 26 with an inflamed right shoulder. He has a 7-2 record and 2.26 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 103 2-3 innings.

After Sunday’s game against the Rangers, Martinez is tentatively scheduled to make his next start at Fenway Park a week from Saturday against the New York Yankees.

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