MIAMI (AP) -Pedro Martinez will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with what the New York Mets said was a mild strain of his left hamstring.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the Mets' game against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.
Martinez was injured Tuesday night, returned to New York and was examined by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
``It doesn't look good,'' manager Willie Randolph said before the diagnosis was announced by Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz.
``He said he heard a pop, and that is not a good thing,'' Randolph said. ``Usually, when something like that happens, you are put on the DL right away, but we'll just wait and see what the results are. It could have just been a combination of a real bad cramp or a strain. Any time a pitcher pulls a hamstring, that is usually automatic DL.''
Martinez allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings during a 5-4, 10-inning defeat, limping off the mound after injuring himself during a pitch.
``He's an unfortunate loss,'' pitcher John Maine said. ``Everyone knows what Pedro can do.'
The Mets filled Martinez's roster spot by purchasing the contract of pitcher Nelson Figueroa from Triple-A New Orleans.
They could move up Oliver Perez in the rotation to start Tuesday's home opener against Philadelphia. Jorge Sosa is a longshot possibility for the rotation.
``I think we will keep him where he is right now, but he is also an option,'' Randolph said.
Orlando Hernandez started the season on the disabled list.
``We've been doing this the last couple of years and that means me, Oliver (Perez), and (Mike) Pelfrey have to step up a little more,'' Maine said.

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