Marte likely not coming back soon


On Thursday, we wondered when Damaso Marte would return. His rehab began on July 16, meaning his 30 days are just about up. By my count, it was up last night, as today is Day 31. As Mike noted, Marte pitched another scoreless inning, striking out one while allowing two hits. Yet it doesn’t appear Marte will be back today. Tyler Kepner has a quote from Joe Girardi on the matter: “We’re not sure if he’s going to get there.” Marte still hasn’t gotten his velocity back up to 93, the apparent target, and apparently still has inflammation in his shoulder. So I guess it’s a shut down for now. Look for Marte to appear in a minor league game again sometime next week (I suppose).

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    One of you said, that when the 30 days are up he either has to be added to the 25 man roster or they have to “make up” another injury. Does he have be out of action if they say: “He can’t be brought back to the majors because he has shoulder inflammation”?

    Otherwise, the 30 day rehab window would be pretty pointless.

  2. thebusiness says:

    The guy has pitched pretty regularly down there, makes no sense. I wouldn’t be surprised if Captain Joe can’t figure out who to clear off the roster to get Marte up so they’re stalling.

    • It makes perfect sense if the Yankee scouts and coaches see him in AAA not throwing up to speed. This isn’t a tough concept to grasp.

      Getting AAA hitters out with crappy stuff is a lot easier than surviving in the Majors without a top fastball. Obviously, as Kepner notes, the Yankees have a MPH bar for Marte, and he hasn’t hit it yet.

      • Chris A says:

        I’m not disagreeing with the concept of having a MPH bar for Marte, but I have to wonder if Marte is aware of this and may try to throw harder and hurt his arm even further.

  3. thebusiness says:

    Also I wouldn’t trust a word Jump Off Joe says about an injury or roster move.

  4. I don’t get it. I would believe that given Marte’s track record and left-handedness he would be a welcome addition back into the bullpen, much in the way Brian Bruney was. Even if the Yankees are not convinced he can contribute in a setup or high leverage role yet, why not put him in the back of the bullpen to prove himself like they did with Bruney?

    • Zack says:

      well you’re not going to send Coke, Hughes, DRob, Ace or Bruney down. Just traded for Gaudin so hes not getting cut. Mitre is the only option, but they need him if they’re giving Joba extra rest. It’s a numbers game.

      • Stryker says:

        exactly. even if they think he can’t contribute in high leverage situations yet, it’s not worth seeing for yourself when you’ve got guys that have done a ton to stabilize the bullpen. they’re on a role right now: 17 wins, 3.26 ERA, .209 BAA, 202 K, and 27 saves since june 1st. no need to mess with that just to see if marte can add something to the team.

      • Tom Zig says:

        Can we DFA Cody Ransom again?

  5. johnny says:

    it’s also a possibility they don’t think he can handle big leaguers yet. there was that bit about the velocity being down.

  6. Jeffrey says:

    Didn’t the Yankees recently move Marte to the 60-day DL to get somebody on the 40-man roster and on the team? So that just buys the Yankees more time until September to call him up.

    • whozat says:

      No, it doesn’t. He has 30 days from the beginning of his rehab, max. moving to the 60-day didn’t change that. Unless they shut him down again, which they’re going to do.

  7. Yanks99 says:

    Do the Yankees have insurance on all players or just the huge contracts like c.c., tex, jete, and a-rod?

  8. ledavidisrael says:

    Moral of the story

    Don’t pay relievers!

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  10. [...] 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 [...]

  11. YankeeBaseball says:

    From LoHud: Damaso Marte’s 30-day injury rehab assignment ended yesterday. The Yankees today announced that he has been indefinitely excused from the team for “personal reasons.”

    This comes 24 hours after Joe Girardi said that Marte wasn’t ready to pitch in the majors because of erratic velocity. The Yankees did not specify what those personal reasons were, but it’s likely those will serve to keep him off the roster.

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