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.

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.

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