NEW YORK -- New York Yankees left-handed reliever Damaso Marte had surgery to repair inflammation in his throwing shoulder Friday and said on Sunday that he won't be able to pick up a baseball until after the 2011 All-Star Break.
Marte's procedure was performed by Reds team surgeon, Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati. Marte said Kremchek told him that he would be able to resume throwing in the second half of the 2011 season.
Marte said he was in a significant amount of pain prior to surgery and was concerned that he would not be able to pitch again. The Yankees placed him on the disabled list on July 17 with left shoulder inflammation. He pitched in just 30 games this season, allowing 10 hits and eight runs in 17 2/3 innings.
The Yankees traded for Marte before the 2008 non-waiver trading deadline.
He signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Yankees in the 2008 offseason and was an integral part of the bullpen in the 2009 playoffs, getting key outs in the late innings against opposing team's top left-handed hitters.
He is reportedly set to make $4 million next season. The Yankees hold a team option for the 2012 season.
With Marte out for most of the 2010 season, left-handed reliever Boone Logan emerged as Joe Girardi's go-to reliever against left-handed hitters.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.