NEW YORK - New York Yankees reliever Damaso Marte underwent surgery Friday to repair a labrum tear in his left throwing shoulder and his return for the 2011 season is uncertain.
Marte was told by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who performed the operation, that he will be able to start a throwing program after the All-Star break.
Marte last pitched for the Yankees on July 7 with what was thought to be an inflamed pitching shoulder. He had hoped that rest and rehabilitation might allow him to pitch in the postseason but once that did not happen, Marte opted for the surgery.
He finished the season with no record and a 4.08 earned run average in 30 games out of the bullpen while holding opposing hitters to a .161 average over 17 2/3 innings.
The 35-year-old has a 23-27 career mark to go along with a 3.48 ERA in 570 relief outings for the Mariners, Pirates, White Sox and Yankees over 11 big league seasons.