With Marte out, Yanks are left with Logan

Yankees left-handed specialist Damaso Marte is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder, which means, as of Oct. 24, the Yankees' No. 1 left-hander coming out of the bullpen for 2011 is Boone Logan.

Logan emerged as a dependable arm for Joe Girardi in the second half of the 2010 regular season.

After being called up for Marte on July 17, Logan has pitched to a 1.80 ERA, holding lefties to a .148 average over 33 appearances. He also allowed a solo home run to Josh Hamilton in Game 3 of the ALCS.

In addition to deciding how much they are willing to pay free-agent-to-be Kerry Wood, the Yankees will have to choose if they are comfortable with Logan returning as their top left-hander out of the bullpen. With Marte unavailable until August at the earliest, GM Brian Cashman may shop for a left-hander in the offseason.

Marte, who said on Sunday that he will not be able to pick up a baseball until after the 2011 All-Star Break, is under contract in 2011 for $4 million. The Yankees hold a team option for the 2012 season. They can pay Marte $4 million to pitch or buyout the contract for $250,000.