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Damaso Marte


The Beaver County Times is reporting that Marte threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since he left a World Baseball Classic game because of a shoulder strain. The Pirates' left-hander told the newspaper he is confident he will pitch in an exhibition game before the weekend is out and should be ready to work out of the Pittsburgh bullpen by opening day.


Marte was traded from the White Sox to the Pirates for utilityman Rob Mackowiak on Thursday. The left-handed reliever was a valuable part of the White Sox' bullpen in 2005, going 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA and four saves in 66 appearances.


Marte's sore neck was examined Wednesday in Chicago by team physician Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, and the team said Marte has a strained muscle on the side of his upper back. Manager Ozzie Guillen questioned whether Marte is hurt enough to be on the sidelines, and suggested that the lefthander may be headed for the disabled list. The manager again also expressed his frustration with Marte being late to a game on Sunday.


Marte was sent home before Sunday's game against the Angels after arriving late to the ballpark, an infraction that isn't taken lightly by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. The manager was miffed because Marte has been nagged by a sore neck and should have arrived early enough to receive treatment.


White Sox closer Dustin Hermanson is sidelined with lower back pain and Marte may pick up a save opportunity or two while Hermanson is out. Marte, arguably the Sox' best lefthanded option in the bullpen, already has three saves to go along with his 3-3 record, 2.67 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 27 innings.


The Chicago White Sox activated Marte from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. The lefthanded reliever, who went on the DL with a sore biceps in late June, returns with a 3-3 record, two saves and a 2.81 ERA in 34 relief appearances.


Marte, who went on the disabled list with a sore left biceps near the end of June, will follow Orlando Hernandez to the mound Sunday for Triple-A Charlotte in Louisville. The lefthanded reliever should return to the White Sox early in the second half if all goes well during Sunday's relief appearance.


Prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the Chicago White Sox placed Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with an inflamed left trapezius. The 30-year-old lefthander is 3-3 with two saves and a 2.81 ERA in a team-high 34 games this season.


Marte had a problem-free bullpen session on Monday, and he appears ready for game action on Tuesday. The White Sox' lefthanded reliever has been bothered by discomfort in his left biceps in recent days. The 30-year-old Marte is 3-3 with two saves and a 2.35 ERA in 29 relief appearances.


Despite continued soreness in Marte's left biceps, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen believes the lefthanded reliever can avoid the disabled list. The manager is hoping Marte can start throwing on Monday or Tuesday and return soon after that. The southpaw is day-to-day.


In Chicago's 15-5 win over Colorado Wednesday, Marte left in the seventh with a sore left bicep. The White Sox' lefthander departed after throwing a pitch to the Rockies' Todd Helton.