MIAMI - Under the watchful eye of pitching coach

Rich Dubee


Pedro Martinez

threw his first bullpen session yesterday since signing with the Phillies last week.

"As far as health, it went great," said Martinez, who threw 55 pitches to bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer as Matt Stairs stood in the batter's box and posed as a hitter.

Martinez threw mostly fastballs, but mixed in several change-ups and breaking balls. It was his first throwing session in eight days. He had thrown to hitters in an audition for a Phillies scout on July 10.

Martinez underwent a physical exam on Tuesday. During the exam, doctors injected dye into his surgically repaired right shoulder so they could detect any abnormalities during an MRI exam. Martinez said he was still a little sore from the injection, but well enough to throw.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner has not pitched competitively since the World Baseball Classic in March. He will continue his workouts tomorrow at the Phils' training facility in Clearwater, Fla. After signing on Tuesday, Martinez was placed on the disabled list with what was termed a mild shoulder strain. According to the Phillies, he cannot pitch in an official minor-league game until Thursday. In the interim, he can throw a simulated game in Clearwater.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team had a tentative schedule for when Martinez would pitch in the minors, but he wasn't ready to announce it.

"He'll get in a game when he feels ready," Dubee said. "There's no major plan mapped out except go day-by-day and see how he feels."

The Phillies hope that Martinez will be ready to pitch in the majors early next month.

The 37-year-old pitcher has been all smiles in his first three days with the Phils.

"Since I've been here, I've gotten the feeling we're going to win every day," Martinez said. "The team is so relaxed and confident - it feels like we're going to win. I've been on teams before that are really confident and feel like they're going to win, and it's a good feeling.

"Everybody here is very respectful. There's a whole bunch of nice guys here, and they're younger than I thought."

Shovels in the ground

After years of struggles to get a new stadium, the Marlins held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their $515 million, retractable-roof ballpark yesterday. The park, expected to be completed by opening day 2012, will be built on the site of the old Orange Bowl, in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

The team will be called the Miami Marlins when the stadium opens.

Despite winning two World Series since their inception in 1993, the Marlins, who play in a football stadium that was built for the Miami Dolphins, traditionally rank near the bottom of the league in attendance. The team has blamed the low numbers on South Florida's hot, rainy summers.

Extra bases

With righthander

Josh Johnson

pitching for Florida last night, Manuel held righthanded-hitting



out of the lineup and started lefthanded hitter

Greg Dobbs

in right field. Werth was in a 2-for-16 slump.