After meeting with team physician Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph on Tuesday, the neck injury that was being claimed by Marte seemed more phantom than reality. That meant no trip to the disabled list, as was being talked about by manager Ozzie Guillen on Tuesday.
While Guillen said that he had discussions with his coaching staff and players over the last few days, and would allow Marte to return to the team if he came ready to pitch, the second-year skipper didn't seem overly confident that Marte would be ready to return.
"I don't want this kid just to make an excuse like he was hurt just because he was giving it up," Guillen said. "A lot of guys in this game give up home runs, base hits, strikeouts in this situation. I don't want him to make an excuse and fake an injury. I'm not saying he was; I just worry about it because he was not performing the way he thinks he can perform. To me, I would rather have a guy hurt physically than be hurt mentally. When you're hurt mentally, you can't help that. When you're hurt physically, you can recover. It's just a matter of time when you recover physically. When you recover mentally, you don't know when it's going to show up and you don't know when it's going to stay home."
Marte was called into a game last week against Kansas City and hit both hitters he faced. The following day, the left-hander came up with a neck injury that made him unavailable in the Angels series.
On Sunday, he showed up late to the ballpark without an excuse and was called into Guillen's office.
"I don't think Damaso Marte has enough guts to blame things on me or make me an excuse," Guillen said. "I treat my players the same. You can ask anybody here, no matter who it is, how I treat them. I think Marte, whatever he says is wrong. And he knows that's why we had a 'discussion'.
"If you're not ready to come here and go by my rules, you're not going to come in. My team already told me, 'This is your rule and we're behind you 100 percent.' That's it. I had to call a couple of my players to see if I let them down. Maybe in their mind they say, 'We need Marte and Ozzie's doing this stuff.' No. Everybody has to be on the same page, and that's why I did it."
Guillen plans to talk to general manager Ken Williams on Thursday, and find out if Marte is mentally ready to join the team in Minnesota. Even if Marte shows up in Minnesota this weekend, however, it still might not be enough to get him innings out of the bullpen.
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