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Feliciano, Marte begin rehab assignments

It’d be a stretch to say the Yankees are counting on either of these long-gone lefties, but this does represent progress (well, at least until you see Damaso Marte’s line).

This just in from the Yankees:

Pedro Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain) and Damaso Marte (left shoulder labrum inflammation) each began a rehab assignment today with the GCL Yankees in Tampa vs. the GCL Tigers. Pitching lines are below:

Feliciano: 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 13 pitches

Marte: 0.2IP, 6H, 6ER, 0BB, 0K, 22 pitches

Marte leaves after being struck by liner

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Yankees left-hander Damaso Marte was forced to leave Wednesday’s game after being hit in the lower back by a line drive.

Pitching against the Phillies at Bright House Field, Marte was making his spring debut for New York in the bottom of the fifth inning. He had already served up a three-run homer to Jayson Werth when Ryan Howard hit a hard line drive back up the middle.

Marte appeared to be struck above the belt, and hunched over in pain between third base and the mound as he was attended to by Yankees manager Joe Girardi and assistant athletic trainer Steve Donohue.

He slowly walked off the field and was replaced in the inning by right-hander Amaury Sanit. Marte, 35, was 1-3 with a 9.45 ERA in 21 relief appearances last season for the Yankees but pitched well in the postseason and is envisioned as a safe bet for New York’s bullpen to open the season.

Sticking with two lefties for the Halos

Today Joe Girardi discussed his decision to keep lefty Damaso Marte on the roster for the ALCS instead of bringing Brian Bruney up from the workout camp in Tampa:

“We decided to stay with Marte, looking at (Kendry) Morales as a guy you like turning around,” Girardi said. “(Chone) Figgins is a guy you like turning around. On a day like today, when Bobby (Abreu) follows Figgins, that scenario might come up.”

Girardi said that Eric Hinske was disappointed when he was told that he had been replaced by pinch-runner Freddy Guzman for the ALCS.

“He was, but Hinske’s a pro,” Girardi said. “I told him, ‘We’re going to keep you here and we’re going to keep you going, because we want you ready in case something happens or in the next round.”

Starting it back up at Fenway Park

ted.jpgHere’s the statue of an 8-foot-tall Ted Williams placing a Red Sox cap on a cancer-stricken boy outside Fenway Park, which coincidentally happened to be where my taxi cab dropped me off this afternoon.

Some 11 hours after leaving, we’re back at here in Boston, where the Yankees and Red Sox will try to find some pitching after last night’s slugfest. I wouldn’t expect Johnny Damon to be in the lineup this afternoon for the Yankees, as he said his right knee was probably going to swell up considerably overnight. We’ll check on that downstairs but I’d expect Eric Hinske would be in.

It got lost in the frantic scoring last night, but Brian Bruney might have evaporated all of the trust he’s built with Joe Girardi over the last few weeks. The fact that Bruney came in and couldn’t throw strikes with an 11-run lead is troubling. When he fell behind 2-0 on Alex Gonzalez, both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez sprinted to the mound and got in Bruney’s face, as if to say, “It’s Alex Gonzalez – get the ball over the plate!”

Damaso Marte did what the Yankees paid him $12 million over three years to do … get David Ortiz out. Sergio Mitre didn’t look sharp in a ‘just-keep-it-close’ appearance, but you’d figure he stays in the rotation when we get back to New York.

I wasn’t here for the ’99 All-Star Game, wish I had been. But I do have a quick Ted Williams story for you — back in my baseball card collecting days, I pulled what would become the unchallenged prize of my collection one day (for you Rocklanders, a shout-out to T.J.’s in Suffern, N.Y. Anyone know if it still there?). Stowed within a pack of cards was a Ted Williams autograph, serially numbered at No. 6 of 406.

While I very rarely go through those cards anymore, I know that I still have it, sealed in thick plastic. Someday I know I’ll pass it on, and it remains the most valuable card I’ve ever owned …unless someone wants to gift me a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, which would be just fine. I promise I’d give it a good home. 

Damaso Marte activated

The Yankees have activated left-hander Damaso Marte and optioned infielder Ramiro Pena to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joe Girardi said that he believes Marte will be used more situationally than Phil Coke, perhaps to come in and get one tough left-handed batter. He said that the Yankees could go with 13 pitchers until rosters expand Sept. 1.

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