March 17, 2010

Comeback liner ends Marte’s day early

The only left-hander assured a spot in the Yankees bullpen left his first outing of the spring after Ryan Howard’s liner clipped Damaso Marte in the back.

Marte “stood bent over, hands on knees before walking off the mound,” according to a tweet from Yankees beat Sweeny Murti.

If Marte misses time, he’ll have trouble getting ready for Opening Day. This could mean southpaws Boone Logan and Royce Ring will be watched very closely the rest of the way as they battle to make the roster.

Tough luck for Marte here. He had a pretty terrible 2009 season, but figured things out in the postseason, tossing four scoreless innings in eight appearances.

Note: Marte had given up a three-run homer to right-handed hitting Jayson Werth before Howard’s liner knocked him out of the game.

The Yankees should never have given up Phil Coke (now with the Tigers),  but that’s just my opinion.

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