Marte excused for personal reasons


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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  1. Accent Shallow says:

    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)

  2. 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 says:

      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.

      • 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.

    • Accent Shallow says:

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

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

        • whozat says:

          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.

  3. thebusiness says:

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

  4. The Artist says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • Chris says:

        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 says:

      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.

  5. PinstripesForeverDougie says:

    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.

  6. The Artist says:


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

  7. The Artist says:

    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 says:

      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).

      • The Artist says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          WLDR or Dunn?

        • Zack says:

          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.

    • The Artist says:

      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)

  8. Pasqua says:

    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.

    • The Artist says:

      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 says:

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

      • Pasqua says:

        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?

  9. aj says:

    Damaso Marte emits a foul odor.

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