Damaso Marte expected to undergo shoulder surgery


Limited to 13 innings last season and 18 innings this year, Damaso Marte is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery after shutting down his rehab.
“We’re going to pull the plug on Marte,” general manager Brian Cashman told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “He’s attempted to come back, but it just hasn’t worked out. That was the conservative route that’s been done, so now we’ll have to do the more aggressive route, which is the invasive side of it. Doctors will have to make decisions and talk about it with the player.”
Acquired from the Pirates along with Xavier Nady for Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen, and Ross Ohlendorf in 2008, Marte signed a three-year, $12 million deal last winter. He’s logged just 31 innings with a 6.39 ERA while making $8 million through the first two years of the contract and the Yankees still owe him $4 million in 2011, plus a $250,000 buyout or $4 million option in 2012.

Marlins sign Sean Burnett to minor league deal

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Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.

Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.

Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.