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Marte, Feliciano making progress

Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano will begin a six-week

Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano will begin a six-week shoulder strengthening program with the hope that he can avoid surgery. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Two mostly forgotten names still could play a role for the Yankees this season.

Lefty relievers Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano, neither of whom have pitched in the regular season, will both pitch for the GCL Yankees today.

“Obviously our hope would be to get these guys back,” general manager Brian Cashman said before last night’s game. “I have no idea how realistic it is.”

Marte (left shoulder labrum inflammation), in the final year of a three-year deal that has a club option for 2012, has not pitched in a game since July 7 of last season; Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain), signed to a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason, last appeared in a game in early spring training. That’s why Cashman isn’t getting carried away with the possibility of either being able to help.

Still, the two pitching off a mound is a good sign and Cashman didn’t rule out the chance of a September call-up.

“They still have a ways to go,” Cashman said. “We’ll see how they play out the remaining part of August, if they can stay healthy in their rehab games, then maybe you pop them up in September and see where it takes us.”

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