09/20/09 12:25 AM ET
Pedro leaves due to neck stiffness
Philadelphia right-hander hopes to make next start
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
His neck was.
Martinez left the game after throwing one warmup pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning because of stiffness in the right side of his neck. He said he pulled a muscle when he swung at an 0-2 curveball in the second inning.
"Everybody gets that sometimes, even from sleeping on a pillow," Martinez said. "I hope mine is not any worse than that. I felt it pinch when I threw that pitch to warm up. I don't want to aggravate my arm or something like that. I don't want to take chances."
Martinez said he plans to see a chiropractor in the next couple of days, but he sounded like he thought he could make his next start on Friday against the Brewers.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.