Marte's Sore Shoulder and What it Could Mean

Damaso Marte is experiencing discomfort in his pitching shoulder and has been scratched from today’s scheduled relief appearance according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.

Marte said that it is supposedly not as bad as the shoulder injury he dealt with a year ago in spring training that caused him to have a terrible season, until the post-season that is. He also said he doesn’t expect that this will cause him to land on the DL.

The problem is that even if his shoulder isn’t bad enough to put him on the DL he still might not be effective enough to be the team’s only lefty reliever. That means the Yankees may need to carry Boone Logan on the roster whom they don’t exactly have space for.

The easiest way to clear space for him in this situation is to start the season with Phil Hughes in the minor leagues since he won’t be starting until April 15 anyways. If they didn’t want to go that route they could add either Marte himself or Alfredo Aceves, who has been dealing with a bad back, to the DL. Even though Hughes is not really needed right away putting a pitcher on the DL could be a better plan since they are both expected to fill vital bullpen roles and shutting them down for a couple of weeks could only help their long-term success.

Their other option, if Marte’s health becomes a long-term concern would be to try to send Sergio Mitre down to the minors. This would be a last resort as Mitre would have to clear waivers which isn’t likely due to his affordable salary and the constant demand for pitching around the majors.

The answer may even be to start the season with Joba Chamberlain in the minors, but that seems more unlikely than the rest of these options because unless he went down to get some starts it would be a complete waste.

I expect that unless Marte is 100 percent, someone, either Marte himself or Aceves will land on the DL.

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10 Responses to Marte's Sore Shoulder and What it Could Mean

  1. Lefty says:

    If Marte's shoulder is a problem that keeps him from pitching, DL him. Or, if Aceves back is that bad, DL him. But, no way does Mitre go down…he's been way too effective & it doesn't make sense to start messing around with this guy's head by putting him on the minor league shuttle. Plus, there's not a chance Mitre will clear waivers as he could be a #3 or #4 with a number of clubs.. Look around the waiver wire and check the minors again to see if there's a better option than Boone Logan available. If there is, execute it & send Logan down.

  2. Dante says:

    Marte is reading from the Carl Pavano playbook. It's hard to imagine that Cashman made the decision to include both Coke & Dunn in the trade with Atlanta based on Marte's post season.
    It's the only time in his brief Yankee career that he got some people out.. Geez what a waste!

    • Lefty says:

      Dante, you said it. Why the devil they overboarded BOTH Coke & Dunn is a mystery..If one or more lefties were going to be traded, I felt for sure Marte would be one of them. But, Coke..Geez, he could get it up there 93/94 when he had to. As I've said before, they gave up an awful lot in that trade.

  3. Brandon says:

    Lefty. The Yankees gave up a pitcher that was not likely to ever make their rotation, a lefty specialist, and a hitter who hit 4 HR in AAA last year and is AT best equal to Granderson in the future. In the other trade they traded a 4th outfielder a lefty specialist and a player playing A ball.

    Did you ever consider the fact that maybe both the Braves and Tigers ASKED for Coke or Dunn?

    • Lefty says:

      Sure they did, which reinforces their value…Shouldn't have given both of them up.

      • Why would you even want them? What the Yankees have now in Boone Logan and Royce Ring are pretty comparable as far as relievers go. Even if the Coke/Dunn combo was better, it was barely better and certainly nothing to get worked up about.

  4. The bottom line is that Phil Coke was league average at best and expendable. Also, look at the weight he has gained since he broke into the league and I'd have to guess that at some point he's going to deal with conditioning issues if he isn't already.

    Michael Dunn couldn't hit the strike zone and is not better than Boone Logan and probably Royce Ring as well.

  5. Jeffrey says:

    It needs to be recognized that the Pirates sold damaged goods. This is one of the major unrecognized risks in making trades. Often the selling club has health concerns, especially with pitchers. The Yankees did it for years, with the sold pitcher breaking down within months of being traded . Now it has happened to them.

    Marte, if healthy, is one of the best lefthanded relievers on the majors. Unfortunately, he has a shoulder problem that probably needs to be operated on which at his age would endthe his career. In the absence of the operation he can probably gut out a couple of dozen of innings during the season and 6 or 7 in the post season. This is what he is at this point.

  6. I don't think it is fair to categorize Marte as damaged goods. He's just getting older and old pitchers tend to deal with stuff like this pretty regularly. I doubt this injury is even related to last years as he looked very healthy throughout the playoffs.

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