Jul
14

Damaso Marte lives! (Or at least rehabs)

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We have a Damaso Marte sighting. The Yanks’ left-handed reliever, missing in action since coming down with an (allegedly) WBC-inspired shoulder injury, is heading to rehab, Bryan Hoch says via Twitter. Marte threw 35 pitches during batting practice today and will begin a Golf Coast League rehab on Thursday. Getting a healthy and effective Marte back would allow the Yanks to seamlessly transition Phil Hughes or Al Aceves into the starting rotation while Chien-Ming Wang recovers from his shoulder injury.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • chriskeo

    hey Ben, i think you meant sighting, not signing

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah, it’s fixed.

      • Matt M.

        must be more relaxing playing for the Golf Coast team =)

  • Salty Buggah

    Yay!

    • Salty Buggah

      as long as he’s effective…

      • Dela G

        +30

        now phil coke can get some damn rest

  • Ivan

    A healthy Marte would be huge for the yanks. Gives them another above-avg reliever especially considering he’s a lefty.

    As for the Marte will help influence the yanks to make Hughes a starter, is really another story for the simple thing that the yanks seem that they really want Hughes for the pen at least next season.

    Hey I,ve said countless times, I would love for the yanks to Hughes a shot in the rotation. Greinke was a reliever at one point in his career while he struggled as a starter and once he came back as a starter he really improved. I think Hughes can do that.

  • chriskeo

    This hopefully means Hughes can be a starter now, this is the positive i found in this news

  • RAB poster

    Marte healthy would give them another mix and macth lefty.

    But I still think we’ll be down one major arm if Hughsie leaves.

    • chriskeo

      comments like these could create a whole new breed of B-Hugheers or whatever word the RAB community decided on for people who want Hughes in the pen

      • Salty Buggah

        Hasn’t that breed already been created?

        • chriskeo

          we are trying to keep the population to a minimum

      • RAB poster

        I’m not advocating Hughes in hepen permanently, just this season.

        • RAB poster

          hepen is the pen.

        • RAB poster

          Or until (if) they get a quality reliever.

    • Ivan

      That’s what im thinking as well especially considering how bad Bruney has been since coming off the DL.

      Marte would be a huge boost for the yanks BP no doubt.

      Nevertheless, unless Bruney rights himself, I think if the yanks wanna use Hughes as a starter (and they should) they most likely need to trade for another top notch reliever.

  • Salty Buggah

    I don’t know why but I think the Yanks’ decide to keep Hughes in the pen and DFA Tomko.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Yeah, I haven’t read a word anywhere suggesting the Yanks are even thinking of taking Hughes out of the bullpen, and I’ve read a zillion comments from Girardi and Cashman saying the contrary. That they value his contributions out of the bullpen and don’t seem to want to mess with it. If anyone has a link quoting Cashman/Girardi saying they’re waiting for Marte to move Hughes back to the rotation, I’d love to see it.

      Also, with Wang coming back in an (estimated) few weeks, I don’t see where Hughes would even pitch in the rotation, unless Wang is sent to the pen or Joba is.

      I don’t see how Marte has anything whatsoever to do with Hughes. Maybe somebody can tell me something I’m missing.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Most of those comments came before Wang went on the DL.

        I think Wang being out should change the calculation.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Which would have been the time to stretch Phil out, if ever.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Perhaps they considered it but decided to wait for the break to get a better idea of the team. And see if any trade possibilities presented themselves.

  • chriskeo

    They could decide to just DFA Tomko as Salty said, but what do you guys think of the chances the yankees go with a four man rotation

    • Salty Buggah

      0…not with all the injury possibilties in this era. A 6-man rotation more likely, even though it’s still not very much likely.

  • Brian

    The Golf Coast is no place to rehab. But it would explain his activities while MIA.

  • crawdaddie

    I think Marte coming back has no bearing on Hughes or Aceves this season. It gives Girardi another lefty option and to pitch some for Bruney, who’s far away from being a dependable reliever.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      By the time you stretch Phil out, Wang is back. Both of which are a month before Marte could possibly be back.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Not necessarily. Wang may need to go do the minor league rehab that we stupidly cut too short. Stretch Hughes out now and put him in the rotation on July 31st. Bring Wang along more slowly, not activating him until he’s not just healthy, but actually effective.

        He can be activated when Joba’s shut down in August. With CMW’s injury and Joba’s cap, there’s now room for Hughes in the rotation for the rest of the year.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          That could definitely work, and I wouldn’t be opposed to it. But they’re not moving in that direction, so its moot.

          • Lanny

            They are not messing with Hughes.

            I kinda think they like having a shutdown late inning pen and kinda like Hughes having success.

  • Tony

    Can the Phillies do me a favor and trade for Halladay tomorrow? Thanks.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      One Toronto writer has them in 4th place, the Yanks a close 2nd.

      http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?p=5473

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        So, the Sox have the pieces, but Toronto won’t trade him inside the division?

        Are we not in the Jays’ division?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          I misread that myself at first, but go back.

          It says the SOX doubt JP will move Roy within the division. The author seems to dispute that notion with his 2nd pick.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          BTW-You read my lil blog piece and don’t even have the decency to leave a comment?

          Bastard. I bet you’re one of those people that visits relatives and doesn’t even bring a box of cookies.

  • The One

    I think the reluctance to put Hughes back in the rotation this year is basically not wanting to juggle him between the pen and rotation multiple time for risk of injury/uncertainty. I think they want a set place in mind that he is going to finish the year and put him back in the rotation for good next year. If he returns to the rotation and struggles, shifting him back into the pen looks kind of ridiculous and could have physical/mental ramifications. Not saying he belongs in the pen because I would like to see him start but I understand it.

  • Accent Shallow

    If healthy, Marte is definitely an asset. Here’s hoping he can turn his lousy numbers with the Yankees around.

  • Lanny

    Marte’s agents should be hailed as the biggest winners of the 2008 off season for getting him a multi yr deal.

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