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Reliever Marte has season-ending surgery

DETROIT -- If the Tigers end up needing to call up more relief help, they won't have Luis Marte as an option, as the right-hander is out for the season after undergoing surgery to clean up his right shoulder.

The 26-year-old Marte spent parts of the last two seasons in Detroit and spent much of Spring Training in camp with the Tigers before returning to Triple-A Toledo. He pitched in just three April games for the Mud Hens, however, before being shut down.

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After further examination, doctors recommended surgery to clean up debris around his right labrum rather than a more serious reconstruction. Dr. Koco Eaton performed the surgery last week in Florida.

Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said that Marte will rehab for about three months before he begins a throwing program. That effectively takes him out of action for the rest of the Minor League season.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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