The Akron Aeros' attempt at repeating as Class AA Eastern League champions fell short Sunday.…
Martin Impressive On Comeback Trail
"It was totally my decision to have the surgery," said Martin, a sandwich pick (35th overall choice) of the Indians in 2001. "I knew if I postponed it, I was just delaying the inevitable. Why hurt myself any more?" Martin had twice been shut down with elbow problems, first in 2003 while pitching at Class A Kinston, then again early in the 2005 season while at Class AA Akron. When the pain continued after his early-season stint on the DL with the Aeros, Martin knew it was time to face the knife. Twelve months later, he is now back on the mound and pitching for short-season Mahoning Valley. In his first appearance, he efficiently worked three innings while using just 35 of his allotted 55 pitches. "He finished up by throwing the final 20 pitches in the bullpen," Scrappers pitching coach Ken Rowe said. "He threw the ball very well. He struck out two guys on curve balls that they simply couldn't hit." For Martin, the thrill didn't come from the fact he fanned two low-level minor...
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