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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman relayed Saturday that left-hander Damaso Marte has concluded his 30-day rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but has been excused for personal reasons that are not injury-related.
In other words, don’t expect to see him on a big league mound anytime soon. The Yankees never saw the consistency of Marte’s fastball, which touched 93 mph at times at Triple-A but also clocked in the mid-80s. Phil Coke will likely finish up the year as the Yankees’ only left-handed reliever.
The Yankees have purchased the contract of RHP Josh Towers from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned RHP Mark Melancon to Triple-A. LHP Damaso Marte was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
This is really just a complementary move to get some innings up after last night’s 15-inning marathon, but it’s a good opportunity to dredge this story up from the archive: Yanks, Jays empty benches twice. Wonder if Tony Pena will be waiting with open arms to welcome Towers into the Yankee clubhouse?
“I heard somebody chirping when I was talking to Lyle [Overbay],” Towers said. “I
asked who it was, and Tony Pena is running his mouth. I was like, ‘What
is this guy running his mouth for?’ He’s a quitter. He was managing a
team and he quit in the middle of a season, because he couldn’t hack
it. Hey, he’s going to run his mouth at me?”
LHP Damaso Marte took the loss on Tuesday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Durham, allowing three hits and two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings (three strikeouts, two homers). Joe Girardi said that Marte’s velocity was an issue, dipping from a previous high of 93 mph to a high mark Tuesday of 88 mph. He might pitch again on Friday.
If the Yankees get anything for the remainder of the season from Chien-Ming Wang, they will have to consider it a bonus.
The right-hander suffered another setback on Monday while playing catch on the field at Yankee Stadium, experiencing tenderness in his right biceps as he tries to get started on his way off the disabled list and to a rehab assignment. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the session was only “so-so” and that Wang would be shut down until at least Friday.
“I think anytime you’re dealing with cuff issues or shoulder tendinitis
or whatever you want to describe it as, there is concern,” Girardi said. “Whatever he
is able to do, we would love to have. But I think anytime someone is
injured and you’re not sure when the’yre exactly going to be back, you can’t count on them.”
The Yankees are calling up Sergio Mitre to serve as their fifth starter on Tuesday and Girardi said that Mitre is not on a start-to-start basis. As of right now, he is a member of their rotation every fifth day. Meanwhile, Damaso Marte is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Brian Cashman may be on vacation this week, but Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Yankees aren’t done yet. At FOXSports.com, he wonders if they’ll make a few serious calls about Ben Sheets and/or Juan Cruz before all is said and done.
The Yankees did kick the tires on Sheets back at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Sheets has had trouble finding a club willing to take a chance after he experienced injury problems late last year.
With the Andy Pettitte standoff dragging on and his chances apparently dwindling by the day, Sheets represents another choice should the Yankees really not be comfortable with selecting their fifth starter out of the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke.
Cruz would be an addition to a back end of the bullpen, and a welcome one to those who have their doubts about Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney setting up. The rest of the relief corps is certainly amenable to an upgrade, with contenders like Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras not promised anything heading into the spring.