Petit may take on Tribe

Top minor league pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit may get a chance to strut his stuff against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, depending on Pedro Martinez's decision to pitch or not pitch.

Martinez's scheduled start against the Indians was wiped out due to rain on Monday, the second straight time that the weather has forced Martinez off the hill.

Last week, Martinez threw a 60-pitch bullpen session in lieu of his scheduled start at Tradition Field; this time around, the start was to come on the road in Winter Haven, so Martinez warmed up but did not get his full workout in.

Petit, 20, was selected as the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization by Inside Pitch Magazine in the Feb. 2005 issue.

The deceptive, bulky right-hander split the 2004 season between Class-A Capital City, High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, going 9-2 with a 2.39 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 15 starts (83.0 innings) at Capital City.

Petit made nine starts for St. Lucie, going 2-3 with a 1.22 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. He took the hill twice for Binghamton, going 1-1 with 16 strikeouts in 12.0 innings.


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