Damaso Marte is fine. After being drilled by a Ryan Howard line drive, he has a bruise on his lower back but was already going through exercises within a few innings of leaving the game. Joe Girardi said he’s not sure Marte will make his next scheduled appearance on Friday, but he’s not concerned about any lasting impact.
The story of the day, obviously, was Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees lost 6-2, but that hardly mattered because Chamberlain closed the game with four strong innings. Even then, he was at such a low pitch count that he pitched to an additional three simulated hitters in the bullpen.
Chamberlain allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five. Only three strikeouts will show up in the box score and in his spring stats because Chamberlain’s 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth came after the game was official, but the Yankees are well aware of exactly how well he pitched. They’ve said the spring training results are starting to matter, and Chamberlain was even better than the results.
“Outstanding,” Joe Girardi said. “Worked quickly. Attacked the zone. He’s got to go out and throw more, and that’s what you want to see. Quality.”
Here’s Chamberlain talking about his outing.