The Phillies are snooping around Pedro Martinez again

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Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Phillies have had discussions with Pedro Martinez
about making a comeback. Or I guess that would be another comeback. Really, in this age of half-season stints by old dudes, I’m not sure how we refer to this sort of thing.

Point is, the Phillies are interested in having Martinez back on the team if he’s willing to have them. Pedro says he wants to pitch this year, but he’s not making any commitments at the moment.  He was useful last season — 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts — but he’s not exactly a horse these days, even by his own somewhat fragile standards.

It makes sense that the Phillies’ recent swoon would have them nostalgic for last year, but I’m having a hard time seeing how making overtures to Pedro Martinez would really help anything.  Their problem is that they can’t hit the ball.  I like me some Pedro, but at this point, he’d be more likely to help that problem by signing with the Phillies’ opponents than he would with the team.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.