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Marte has surgery, could be back after All-Star break

Damaso Marte leaves the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.

Damaso Marte leaves the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 24, 2010) Credit: James Carbone

Most of the Yankees, having returned from Dallas late Saturday afternoon, departed for their hometowns by Sunday morning.

Of the Yankees still in town, one of the few to show up in the clubhouse Sunday to pack up remaining items was a player rarely seen there during the season's second half.

Damaso Marte, his left arm in a sling after surgery to repair a torn labrum Friday in Cincinnati, disclosed he won't be a factor in 2011 until after the All-Star break. At best.

Marte, 35, who last pitched July 7, said Reds chief orthopedic physician Tim Kremchek told him he will be able to begin throwing again after the break.

Marte, who has one year left on a three-year, $12-million contract, said that from his perspective, the news was good. When he was told he would need surgery, he thought he might have thrown his last pitch.

"I think maybe if it's surgery, I think maybe I don't throw anymore," he said. "He gave me good, positive [news]."

Perhaps, but based on the schedule he mapped out, pitching next season for the Yankees seems like a long shot.

"Right now, I feel comfortable because the doctor, he gave me a good idea for my arm," said Marte, who held lefthanded hitters to a .146 average (6-for-41) and had a 4.08 ERA in 172/3 innings in 30 games,. "He told me, 'You're getting better.' Next year, I think I can pitch."

The pitcher who benefited most from Marte's injury was lefthander Boone Logan, who had a 2.93 ERA in 40 innings in 51 games. He held lefthanded hitters to a .190 average (15-for-79) and one extra-base hit.

Logan struggled in his first two stints after getting called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but flourished after being recalled for good July 17.

He didn't allow a run in 12/3 innings in his first three postseason appearances - two games against the Twins, one against the Rangers - but gave up a double to Josh Hamilton in ALCS Game 3 and a homer by Hamilton in Game 4 and was charged with two runs in zero innings pitched. But he wasn't alone in his struggles against Texas.

"The Rangers, they were on fire," Logan said. "They've got great hitters and they were all hitting. It's just unfortunate you have to go [out] that way. But the way they're hitting, there's really, in my mind, I don't think there was much stopping them. They were just hitting everything, and we couldn't find anything to get going. When you don't have that, you've got a team that's sitting there just pouncing on you until the end. It's tough to get up for air."

Notes & quotes: Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi will hold end-of-season news conferences Monday at the Stadium . . . Not surprisingly, Javier Vazquez, a free agent the Yankees aren't interested in bringing back, is looking to return to the National League next season, with the Nationals a possibility, according to MLB.com. He went 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA and was left off the ALDS and ALCS rosters.

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