In a shocking upset, a player has arrived on locker clean-out day.
That player was one of the least likely to be here: Left-handed reliever Damaso Marte who just walked in with his left arm in a sling. I have to assume that means he had the surgery that Brian Cashman previously said was possible.
He walked in and out, but said he’ll be back to talk in a few minutes.
UPDATE, 11:21 a.m.: Marte had labrum surgery on Friday and won’t throw until after the all-star break. Oddly enough, he took that as good news. Marte was worried that surgery would mean the end of his career.
UPDATE, 11:34 a.m.: Marte seemed to feel legitimately bad that he wasn’t available to pitch in the postseason. He also seemed legitimately relieved to get the problem diagnosed and fixed.
“It’s hard when you feel something inside and sometimes they don’t find out what’s the problem,” he said. “Right now, we know what we have and the labrum is very cut. But now they fix it, and I feel happy because I know I can pitch maybe next year.”
By “cut” I have to assume Marte meant torn. Whatever the exact problem, a bad labrum is a significant problem for a pitcher. It’s revealing that Marte through this might be the end of his career. That’s much more significant than some light shoulder soreness.
“I have to make (the shoulder) better because it’s a lot of pain,” Marte said. “Right now I feel comfortable because the doctor, he gave me a good idea for my arm. He told me, you’re getting better. Next year, I think I can pitch.”