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Pedro leaves due to neck stiffness

Pedro leaves due to neck stiffness

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ATLANTA -- Pedro Martinez lost the 100th game of his career on Saturday night in the Phillies' 6-4 setback against the Braves at Turner Field, but that wasn't on his mind.

His neck was.

Martinez left the game after throwing one warmup pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning because of stiffness in the right side of his neck. He said he pulled a muscle when he swung at an 0-2 curveball in the second inning.

"Everybody gets that sometimes, even from sleeping on a pillow," Martinez said. "I hope mine is not any worse than that. I felt it pinch when I threw that pitch to warm up. I don't want to aggravate my arm or something like that. I don't want to take chances."

Martinez said he plans to see a chiropractor in the next couple of days, but he sounded like he thought he could make his next start on Friday against the Brewers.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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