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Pedro continues to ramp up for Phils

Pedro continues to ramp up for Phils

PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Martinez isn't there yet.

He makes his fourth start of the season Friday night against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. He is 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA, but how much can the Phillies really glean from those three starts?

Not too much. He allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings in his debut Aug. 12 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. But he had made just three rehab starts before that, and one of them was rained out after just one inning. It almost was like a continuation of Spring Training for him.

Martinez pitched just three innings in his second start Aug. 18 against Arizona at the Bank because of rain. He allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings Sunday against the Mets at Citi Field.

"I think we'll get a real good read on him in a couple starts," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "By then, he'll be stretched out. He's close now. But I think the next two starts will definitely tell you where he can take us in a game."

Manuel believes if Martinez makes progress in these next couple starts that he could regularly pitch six to seven innings, throwing around 110 pitches per game. Time will tell if that is feasible or unrealistic.

Pitching matchup
PHI: RHP Pedro Martinez (2-0, 5.14 ERA)
Martinez had hoped Sunday's start against the Mets would be a good step forward for him. Instead, he pitched well enough to win, but still found much to improve upon. He allowed seven hits, four runs, one walk and two home runs in six innings. He struck out five. Of course, his game got off to a bad start when Angel Pagan hit an inside-the-park home run that should have been no more than a triple, except Shane Victorino tried to convince the umpires that Pagan's ball had lodged underneath the outfield wall's padding.

ATL: RHP Tommy Hanson (9-2, 3.12 ERA)
While going 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his past four starts, Hanson has strengthened his bid to be named the National League's Rookie of the Year. While celebrating his 23rd birthday on Friday, Hanson will be given his first opportunity to face the challenges presented by Philadelphia's powerful lineup and Citizens Bank Park's cozy confines. Since surrendering three homers in his June 7 debut, Hanson has made 13 starts and surrendered a total of six homers. He was bidding for a no-hitter until surrendering three consecutive two-out hits in the fifth inning of Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Tidbits
Right-hander Brett Myers is scheduled to make another rehab appearance Saturday for Double-A Reading. He could make back-to-back appearances early next week before the Phillies activate him from the disabled list. ... Left-hander Antonio Bastardo is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for the rookie Gulf Coast League Phillies on Monday. ... Right-hander Clay Condrey threw a simulated game Thursday in Clearwater. It went well, and his next appearance could be a rehab appearance. ... Left-hander J.C. Romero long-tossed Thursday. He is scheduled to return to Philadelphia for a medical checkup.

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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• CSN

On radio
• WPHT 1210, WUBA 1480 (Español)

Up next
• Saturday: Braves (Derek Lowe, 12-8, 4.48) at Phillies (Cliff Lee, 12-9, 2.63), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Braves (Jair Jurrjens, 10-8, 2.91) at Phillies (Joe Blanton, 8-6, 3.88), 8:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Off-day

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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