Forgot to mention this yesterday, but LHP Damaso Marte has started a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League.
Given that rehab assignments have deadlines, this would indicate that the Yankees believe his sore shoulder has healed.
Marte has not appeared in a big-league game since April 25. He had a 15.19 ERA in seven appearances.If he can come back, having two lefties in the bullpen would be a plus for Joe Girardi.
The return of Pedro Martinez to baseball reminded today of one of my favorite sportswriting stories.
I was covering the Mets when Petey signed in 2005. He was still an ace then, going 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA and 208 strikeouts. He made NL hitters look silly with that change-up.
As the season wound down, he gathered all the beat writers to his locker and handed out business cards with his phone number on them. The cards said “Pedro J. Martinez, right-handed pitcher.”
“Only call me if you absolutely need me,” he said.
I called Pedro once that winter and, miraculously, he answered.
I still have that card, too. Trust me when I tell you, that’s the first and last time an athlete handed out cards with his number on them.
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