2009: Simply put, this past season was Damaso Marte’s worst. April was a rough month for Marte as the setup man, as he pitched 5.1 innings in 7 games, allowing 9 hits, 9 earned runs, and 3 home runs, with a record of 0-1. After feeling discomfort in his throwing shoulder (left), the 34-year-old was placed on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tendinitis on May 3 (retroactive April 26); RHP Phil Hughes was called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as his replacement. [Note**: Marte complained of shoulder soreness while pitching for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic].
Marte was cleared by Dr. James Andrews in June, but recieved a setback as the pain continued. He began a second rehab assignment in late July, and was finally re-activated on August 21. After missing nearly 4 months, Marte showed no improvement from his woeful April. In 14 games for the remainder of the season, Marte went 8 innings in 14 games, allowing 6 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) and a 1-2 record. However, he did have a very solid postseason for the Yanks, going 4 innings in 8 games, allowing just 2 hits, zero runs and striking out five.
2009 Regular Season Totals: 21 Games 1 Win 3 Losses 9.45 ERA 13.1 Inn 15 Hits 14 ER 6 Walks 13 Strikeouts
2010: Look for Marte to rebound this season. With the chances of fellow (and newly added) southpaw Boone Logan making the roster very slim at this point, it is more than likely that Marte will be the lone lefty on the Yankees roster for the majority of the season. Without LHP Phil Coke and LHP Michael Dunn as other lefties to go to, Girardi will most likely use Marte as more than a lefty-specialist (as he was in his few games last season). Although Marte has really never found success in the AL (7 seasons) with a record of 16-19 and a 3.43 ERA as a short reliever (but has averaged -9 hits per season in his career), I really hope he can prove to Yankee fans that they got something in the trade along with Xavier Nady, in which the Yankees gave away Ross Ohlendorf (who has now seemingly found his way) and up-and-coming pitcher Dan McCutchen. Let’s think of it this way, I’m pretty sure he won’t stay on the Yankees for long if he keeps up that 9.45 ERA mentality.
2010 Prediction: 72 Games 4 Wins 4 Losses 2.96 ERA 80.2 Inn 58 Hits 35 Walks 89 Strikeouts