Aug
15

Marte excused for personal reasons

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Via PeteAbe, currently DL’ed reliever Damaso Marte has been excused from the team indefinitely for “personal reasons.” Earlier this morning we talked about how Marte hasn’t yet returned to the team even though his 30-day rehab assignment ended yesterday, but this move essentially acts like another DL trip. No word on what said personal reasons are, but you have to imagine Mr. Cashman is kicking himself in the behind for his decision to re-up Marte for three years last winter rather than just pick up his option.

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  • Accent Shallow

    This is odd.

    And yes, Cashman is definitely kicking himself.

    (Of course, now watch Marte be an integral part of the 2010 and 2011 teams)

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    This is one odd saga. I wonder if it’s a legit personal reason or an excuse for the Yanks to reset the rehab clock.

    • whozat

      or, it’s Marte’s response to the spurious health issue the Yanks created to keep him on the DL. I’m sure he wants to pitch again, and being told that he can’t, even though he’s doing fine in AAA might have pissed him off and he’s overreacting.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        But he’s not doing fine in AAA. He’s retiring AAA hitters, but the Yanks want to see his velocity at its usual levels. That’s not an unreasonable desire considering Marte’s potential role in the pen. That’s why the teams watch rehab for more than just the results in the box score.

        • whozat

          I meant in his opinion…I’m sure HE feels like he could pitch. Ballplayers always seem to.

    • Accent Shallow

      You’d think if it were an excuse, it’d be something like “shoulder weakness”, no?

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        That’s what the team was saying about 12 hours ago. Now, it’s changed to “personal reasons.”

        • whozat

          Which is why I’m wondering if it’s the Marte stomped off in a snit after the Yankees told him they wanted to see more consistent velo/that they don’t want to find him room on the roster right now.

  • thebusiness

    Funny, when I said in the last thread to take what Girardi said with a grain a salt and everyone jumped down my throat.

    • Bob Stone

      We jumped down your throat for your stupid name calling.

      • thebusiness

        If you consider using several permutations of “Joe” name calling… sure.

    • Zack

      You take what every coach says with a grain of salt. I dont want the manager telling the public every detail of every injury, adjustment or gameplan that occurs during the season

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

    Marte has been given a clean bill of health by two doctors. Now he’s on a rehab stint and still not performing. And were at a point of the season where he won’t even make the post season roster if he doesn’t show something, and soon.

    Very, very strange.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Don’t you stay on it if ur on the DL?

      I guess he isn’t anymore, but I’d still like to know.

      • whozat

        You can only be on a rehab stint for 30 days, unless they shut you down again.

      • Chris

        He’ll be eligible for the post season roster as long as he’s on the DL on Sept 1. The problem is if he comes back to the majors on Sept 15th, are the Yankees really going to add him to the post season roster based on just a couple of appearances against september call ups?

    • Zack

      The clean bill of health on the shoulder is iffy. I think Hafner, Bonser, Sanchez, Bedard, Francis, and Prior were all told the MRI/exams show nothing, tried to rehab and had to go in later for exploratory research and fixed stuff that didnt show up during tests.

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

        Nonsense. The only thing wrong with him is he lacks grit, determination and a good dose of gumption.

        • Zack

          But see the Yankee medical staff arent talented enough to test for that; Marte must go to Boston and their world-best shoulder staff

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

            Repeat after me.

            Carl Pavano part 2.

            • George

              Naturally, Pavano pitches well as soon as he puts on another uniform….Typical

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    I guess this means we’re calling Al Leither to be our extra lefty in the bullpen, then?
    Worth it just to hear the banter between Kay & Al in the bullpen.

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

    LoHud

    “UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Just checked with Brian Cashman, Marte remains on the 60-day DL.”

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

    OK, so Cash and Girardi have made it clear they’d like another Lefty. Let’s assume Marte is out of the picture. Who is it? Trade? Any minor league candidates?

    • Zack

      Off the top of my head, Ron Mahay would probably be the only reliever who could pass through waivers due to his salary (4m, so less than 2m less).

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

        Yeah, not overly exciting. I might endorse having Edwar called up to throw his change to lefties before the 38 year old Mahay.

        • Accent Shallow

          Edwar has your typical platoon split, and lefties have an OPS over .800 against him for his career.

          I don’t doubt that he should be here in September, but using him as a lefty specialist is a recipe for disaster, I think.

          Mike Dunn could be interesting, but his high walk rate probably means he’s not ready for high-leverage situations.

        • Salty Buggah

          WLDR or Dunn?

        • Zack

          True. But I doubt they’ll use a playoff roster spot on a 2nd lefty, especially if thats some rookie who only would have seen time in September.

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

      Here’s the list of free agent LHRP, pick somebody who’s not currently on a contender.

      Left-handed relievers
      Joe Beimel (32)
      Alan Embree (40) – $3MM club option with a $250K buyout
      Scott Eyre (38)
      Casey Fossum (32)
      John Grabow (31)
      Eddie Guardado (39)
      Ron Mahay (39)
      Trever Miller (37)
      Will Ohman (31) – $2.2MM club option with a $200K buyout
      Darren Oliver (39)
      Glendon Rusch (35)
      Scott Schoeneweis (36)
      Brian Shouse (41) – club option
      Ron Villone (40)
      Jamie Walker (38)

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

        Beimel’s out, COLO is leading the Wild Card. I guess Grabow’s the best option.

        • Zack

          Didnt Cubs just trade for him?

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

            Yep, you’re right. Forgot about that.

            So there is no good option.

      • Pasqua

        The average age of these guys is one of the reasons why I pray every day that my one-and-a-half-year-old son turns into a lefty.

  • Pasqua

    These cryptic stories sometimes point toward a guy who is a little turned off by the New York “glare.” Granted, it would seem Marte hasn’t pitched enough with this team to be freaked, but he was a big fish in a small pond for a long time before coming to a major, scrutiny-laden market. I’ll be curious to see if it’s a “head” thing.

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

      Yeah, I was goofing in my last post but I’ve heard that same stuff going back to last year.

      But we have to be careful, people said that for years about Carl Pavano and . . . . never mind.

    • Zack

      Not really. He pitched in Pittsburgh for 3 seasons yeah, but he was successful in Chicago for 4 seasons prior.

      • Pasqua

        That’s very true. But while Chicago is a big market, the White Sox aren’t quite the Cubs (though he was a White Sock in ’05) and I would guess that Chicago isn’t quite like New York. But my comment is purely speculative anyway, so who knows?

  • aj

    Damaso Marte emits a foul odor.

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