NEW YORK (AP) -Pedro Martinez threw to hitters Tuesday for the first time since rotator cuff surgery last fall, another benchmark in his quest to return to the New York Mets' rotation by August.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw 45 pitches to minor league hitters at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and said he felt good afterward, according to team spokesman Jay Horwitz.
Three weeks ago, Martinez threw off a mound for the first time since surgery.
The 35-year-old right-hander went 9-8 with a 4.48 ERA last year as the Mets won the NL East for the first time since 1988.

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