Marte leaves game after getting hit by comebacker


Update (4:37pm): Marte’s fine, just a bruise. He was working out after the game. Phew.

2:31pm: Via Sweeny Murti, Damaso Marte left today’s game after taking a Ryan Howard line drive to the back. The Yanks’ primary lefty reliever allowed two hits and a homer to the first three batters he faced before Howard ended his day. It was Marte’s first action of the spring, and if he misses any time, it’s unlikely he’ll to be ready for Opening Day. Boone Logan‘s chances of making the team just went up big time.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Rey22 says:

    Poor Marte can’t catch a break…

  2. bexarama says:


    Apparently he walked off by himself, with no help, though. So fingers crossed he’s okay.

    Is reading comments about how Marte may or not be hurt better or worse than reading comments about how he’s back to being bad based on one Spring Training inning?

    • Tom Zig says:

      Tough call on what’s worse.

      • bexarama says:

        Eh, I think the former is worse, now that I think about it. Those are more important because injuries affect the team a lot more than ST performance. The latter kind of comments are just annoying and misinformed.

  3. kunaldo says:

    Hopefully it’s just a bruise…

  4. Chris says:

    Damn. I thought Howard couldn’t hit lefties?

  5. jramey says:

    it was payback for the WS

  6. Rose says:

    And so it begins…

  7. dkidd says:

    if the yankees had just signed johnny gomes, he could have come sprinting in from right field and bounced off of ryan howard

  8. Silver lining: if Marte starts the year on the 15-day DL, it gives us an extra two weeks to sort out/evaluate the back end of the bullpen and possibly bring both Thames and Hoffmann north, carrying only 11 pitchers.

    Big winners: Mitre, Gaudin, Aceves, Hughes, Joba, Hoffmann, Thames.

  9. ShuutoHeat says:

    Does this mean Kei Igawa’s chances got better as well?

    A fan can hope right? A fan can hope to see Kei Igawa’s arm abused to the point of falling off right? ….anybody with me?

  10. dkidd says:

    it does seem like going north with 11 pitchers would have some advantages (more time to figure out thames/hoffman)

    • Opening Day Roster:
      Starting Lineup (9)
      Jeter, Nick Mesa, Tex, CentWAR Centaur™, Cano, Posada, Granderson, Swisher, Gardner
      Bench (5)
      Cervelli, Peña, Winn, Thames, Hoffmann

      Rotation (4)
      CC, AJ, Andy, Jazzy
      Bullpen (7)
      Mo, Phil, Robertson, Aceves, Park, Gaudin, Mitre

      In Scranton, awaiting a 5th starter roster spot and a return to health:
      Joba, Marte

      I like it.

      • thurdonpaul says:

        thats good, except flip-flop Joba and Phil.

        • thurdonpaul says:

          wait, i read that wrong. Joba is cool for the 5th starter so yeah keep him warm in AAA till he is needed. Phil goes to AAA waiting for an opportunity and if it doesnt come he gets his innings in down there till late in the season, then we call him up.

          • Yeah, the loser of the fifth starter competition is the one who should head north with the team in the big league bullpen, the winner actually stays in Tampa EXST (more likely than Scranton, all things considered) for an extra two weeks waiting for mid-April when he’s first needed.

            Although, if you wanted to leave both Phil and Joba in Tampa/Scranton and go north with Boone Logan in that 7th bullpen spot to have a lefty in the pen, I wouldn’t complain.

  11. AndrewYF says:

    Out of anyone on the projected 25-man (assumingwho was going to get injured, I think Marte ranks 4th on my least-care list. LOOGIES just don’t rank that high on importance to me.

    25th man/5th OF
    Backup Infielder (Pena?)

    Yup, looks right.

    • sigh. marte is so much more than a loogy.

      • WIlliam says:

        He could be. However, I don’t see why everyone’s basing so much off of his postseason. He was pitched for 8 Innings. Until he has a month or so of consistency, he’s just a loogy to me.

        • We’re not saying he’s not a LOOGY based on his 8 postseason innings, we’re saying he’s not a LOOGY based on the sum total of his career, which has been excellent.

          Marte is murder/death/kill to lefties, true:
          854 BF, .197/.294/.287 (.581) allowed
          … but he’s also quite solid against righties:
          1188 BF, .243/.331/.395 (.725)

          Compare that to Mike Myers career vRHB split (.300/.399/.476/.875) and the fact that Myers, like most actual LOOGYs has more of his career batters faced against lefties… it’s clear that Marte is more than a simple LOOGY. He’s a solid relief pitcher who pitches better to his same-side hand (as most pitchers do), but can face any hitter effectively.

      • AndrewYF says:

        Maybe, but on this team, that’s how he’ll be used. Why would the Yankees initially have him do anything else when an oft-injured LOOGY is all he’s been for over a year?

        Marte provides nice depth in that he has the capability of being more than a LOOGY, but right now, that’s the role where he helps the team out the most. The Yankees already have guys who are probably better setup men than him: Robertson, the loser of the 5th-starter battle, and probably even Park.

    • WIlliam says:

      Exactly. We have 2 kickass setup men, 1 of whom is ridicoulously good. I’d feel much more confident with Robertson or Chamberhughes going out there than Marte. Not to mention Aceves.

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