By Mike Steffanos
From the AP:
The New York Mets will be missing ace Pedro Martinez for more than just the postseason.
The Mets right-hander will have rotator cuff surgery next week and be out eight months. The injury is expected to sideline him from any baseball activities until at least June.
Martinez, who turns 35 this month, was already out for the playoffs because of a torn tendon in his left calf. The Mets won the NL East and start the playoffs next week at home.
The Mets said it was not known when or how Martinez hurt himself. He went 9-8 during an injury-filled season that was slowed by ailments to his hip, right calf and toe.
This only reinforces the need for the Mets to restructure their starting pitching for next season. They shouldn't count on anything from Pedro next year, giving him as much time as he needs to come back as healthy as possible. The gloom and doom crew in the media should have a field day with this one.