Posted on: November 5, 2010 9:58 am
As reported by Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer, the Indians have outrighted infielder Andy Marte to Triple-A Columbus, paving the way for his departure from an organization where he was once seen as a can't-miss prospect.
Marte (trivia bit -- after playing just 25 major-league games in 2005, he was traded straight up for World Series MVP Edgar Renteria) can now elect free agency. Marte, 27, played 80 games for the Indians last season, batting .229/.228/.382 with 19 RBI. He split time between first and third, and even pitched a perfect inning in a blowout loss to the Yankees on July 29.
-- David Andriesen
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Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:44 am
It's a bad sign when you have to send your third baseman out to pitch the ninth inning. It's a really bad sign when he turns out to be your best pitcher.
Indians starter Mitch Talbot left Thursday's game against the Yankees with back pain, leaving the bullpen to battle through seven innings. Five relievers were variously bashed and battered, including a seven-run Yankees seventh. In the ninth, Indians manager Manny Acta turned to Andy Marte, who became the first position player to pitch for the Indians since Tim Laker in 2004.
"That's something I don't like doing," Acta told reporters after the game. "I did it because we had to. It looks like a mockery of the game."
Marte pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Robinson Cano to ground out, striking out Nick Swisher (who said "I now have a new most embarrassing moment") and inducing a liner to third base from Marcus Thames. He was the only one of seven Cleveland pitchers not to walk a batter.
The Yankees scored 11 runs on 12 hits, and once again, none of them was an Alex Rodriguez home run. Rodriguez drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run single. He came to bat three times with the bases loaded.
Rodriguez has been stuck on 599 career homers since July 22. He's 9-for-30 (.300) with seven RBI since homer No. 599, so it's not like he's slumping, but all involved will be relieved when he hits No. 600. The Yankees travel to Tampa this weekend for a big showdown with the Rays.
-- David Andriesen
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Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:28 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 4:15 pm
The Cleveland Indians have activated first baseman Andy Marte from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the roster, they optioned Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus.