Yankees reliever Damaso Marte is relieved his shoulder injury won't mean the end of his career.
The left-hander underwent surgery on Friday in Cincinnati.
On Sunday, he told reporters he expects to start throwing again following the All-Star Break.
"It was a lot of pain, right now I feel comfortable because my doctor, he game me a good idea with my arm and he told me it's getting better," Marte told Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger . "I thought maybe I wouldn't throw anymore."
The 35-year old has one year left on a three-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees, who hold a $4 million option for 2012 with a $250,000 buyout.
Marte appeared in 30 games this season with a 4.08 ERA. Left-handers hit just .146/.200/.268 against him.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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