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Pedro Martinez wants Mets to be cautious with Matt Harvey

Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez tosses a baseball in

Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez tosses a baseball in the dugout before the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (May 30, 2008) Credit: AP

Pedro Martinez was not surprised when he saw Matt Harvey suffer a serious elbow injury last season.

"I saw it coming," the former Mets ace said of the rehabbing Mets ace at an event in Manhattan Tuesday to promote Turner's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. "He's too young to push him that hard, especially with no time in the minor leagues.

"Guys like that are special. You don't want those things to happen, because that's where championships take shape. I think that is a guy who when they bring him back make sure he's healthy, because that guy has the ace kind of stuff and attitude that you need to guide the rest of the guys. I think he's the guy."

Martinez said the Mets have some of the best young arms he has seen. "They have all the talent they need if they stay healthy."

So he hopes, anyway. He wants this generation of Mets to do what his 2005-08 teams failed to do.

"I was there and remember being so close and I was disappointed," he said. "I wanted to win in the National League with the Mets. I did so well in Shea Stadium all of my career, I developed a good bond with the fans and the Mets. I got to really feel New York from the other side, and I was really committed to trying to win.

"I hope those guys pick us up because I've done it in Boston and I remember how Johnny Pesky came up and said, 'Thank you.' I hope those guys pick us up."

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