Sports Illustrated—December 5, 2014
Though healthy enough to throw 217 innings in 2004 — a year in which he was being paid $17.5 million, a record for pitchers, via an option the Sox had picked up the previous spring — Martinez's effectiveness took a dip.
Martinez was strong enough through his first 15 starts (3.01 ERA, 10.0 K/9) to make another All-Star team, but he left his June 28 start after three ugly innings and was placed on the disabled list due to inflammation in his right hip. He made just seven more starts that year, serving separate DL stints for the hip, a right calf strain and a complete tear of his rotator cuff, the last of which sent him to the operating table of Dr. David Altchek while his teammates battled through the postseason.
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