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Martin Impressive On Comeback Trail

J.D. Martin

J.D. Martin was well aware of the long hours of rehab that would be necessary when he agreed to have Tommy John surgery last summer. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound curveball specialist also realized that it wasn't a matter of if, but rather when, he would eventually need a ligament transplant.

"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...

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