Roughly an hour after saying he didn't know when he would throw off the mound, Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Sunday. Before pitching, Martinez said he was feeling better and slowly regaining strength from his bout with food poisoning, but he couldn't project a throw date.
Pitching coach Rick Peterson said Martinez would ideally need two bullpen sessions and a simulated game before he's ready.
The timetable would be a bullpen session, a day of rest, another bullpen session, another rest day, the simulated game, and five days after that the real thing.
That would project Martinez's start to be a July 25 against the Cubs at Shea Stadium.
REPLAY: Cliff Floyd hit two homers, including a grand slam in the Mets' record 11-run sixth inning, and New York pounded the Cubs 13-7 Sunday night at Wrigley Field.
Carlos Beltran also hit a slam in the sixth. It was the first time the Mets ever hit two grand slams in a game, let alone an inning, and the 11 runs set a franchise record for one inning.
Despite the victory, the Mets' worrisome pitching staff was further exposed when Orlando Hernandez gave up five runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
SS Jose Reyes, who hasn't played since taking seven stitches in his left pinkie on July 7, said he would be ready Tuesday when the Mets open a series in Cincinnati.
RHP Pedro Martinez, who contracted food poisoning during the All-Star break, threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday. He could throw again Tuesday, and after a simulated game, he might pitch the following week at Shea Stadium.
RHP Orlando Hernandez gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday night. Hernandez is 3-4 in nine starts since joining the Mets.
RHP Brian Bannister threw 79 pitches in a simulated game Saturday, and he might need another one or two such outings before he can pitch in a real game. Bannister went on the disabled list in late April with a torn hamstring, and pitching coach Rick Peterson said the team could not realistically expect anything from him this year.
RHP Henry Owens, who allowed four runs in his lone inning Saturday, was optioned to Double-A Binghamton after the game. Owens had a 9.00 ERA in three games with the Mets.
RHP Heath Bell was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after Saturday's game. Bell had been optioned to Norfolk on July 4 despite a 3.68 ERA in 22 innings (14 games) with the Mets.
BY THE NUMBERS: 18 -- Victories registered by the Mets' bullpen through July 14.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'll carry us on my back." -- 2B Jose Valentin's joking response to starting the second half of the season.