Damaso Marte was sent to the 15-day DL today with inflammation in his left shoulder. The discomfort began just before the Seattle series, according to Brian Cashman. Marte still felt pain on Friday and was given an MRI during last night’s game.
Cashman said Marte will embark on a strengthening program. The hope is that his shoulder will respond and Marte can return quickly.
LHP Boone Logan (17 G, 0-0, 3.93 ERA, 18.1 IP, 20 H, 12 BB, 13 K, 1.75 WHIP) was re-called to replace Marte.
• I know it received some attention on Twitter, so let’s start with Joe Girardi’s statement about the eighth inning. Girardi was asked about David Robertson’s overpowering eighth on Friday, when he struck out the side. Naturally, the question was, will Girardi look at Robertson in the eighth? Girardi said he will “do what’s best for the club.” He couched it a bit by saying it’s only natural for Robertson to earn the ball in key spots if he’s on a roll, but the manager sure sounded like his bullpen’s setup roles are fluid for the time being.
“You have to earn your roles here and we evaluate every day,” Girardi said. Did Joba hear him?
• Girardi said Robertson made a slight adjustment and the result has been better consistency. When asked for specifics, Girardi said Robertson had closed himself off, presumably saying that he was throwing across his body. But since Robertson kept his body in line, his performances have improved because of it.
• Sergio Mitre was scheduled to throw a side session today. Cashman said Mitre will be activated after he recovers on his normal schedule, so expect him back by Tuesday.
• Like I said yesterday, Alfredo Aceves will begin his flat-ground throwing program. Cashman did not specify a day.