Mets' Martinez still feeling pain in his toe

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Pedro Martinez's right toe still hurts after nearly three months of rest.

The New York Mets' ace said Monday night that he has used a protective shoe but still feels a little pain.

"This worries me a little because generally by this time of the
year I'm already throwing," he said at a dinner held for major
league players by Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez.

The 34-year-old right-hander went 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA last season, his first with the Mets. Martinez still hopes to pitch in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.

"I want to participate and, if were up to me, I'm 100 percent
committed to the classic and to the Dominican Republic, but it will
depend on my health," he said.

Martinez was pleased with the offseason moves made by Mets general manager Omar Minaya.

"Now, more than ever I'm proud to play for Omar Minaya because
he's managed to strengthen the team and helped us get the
opportunity to win," he said.