Damaso Marte expected to undergo shoulder surgery

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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.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.

Mets to place Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.

Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.

Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.

With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.