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Should Marte get another chance?

By Sheldon Published: July 18, 2009

Andy Marte continues to mash at Columbus, hitting his 13th homer and  driving in his 54th run Friday night. ¶
   His average, currently .321, has consistently been above .300 and has struck out only once every six at-bats. But what does this mean? ¶
   Has Marte actually figured it out, or has he put in so much time at Triple-A (1,370 at-bats) that he has reached a comfort level? ¶
   ""He has made some fundamental adjustments that could put him in a position to succeed,'' assistant general manager Chris Antonetti said Saturday. ¶
   On the other hand, Antonetti indicated that Marte has not made a 180-degree improvement in his judgment at the plate and in closing a huge hole in his swing, an inability to lay off breaking pitches wide of the strike zone. ¶
   Though there had been indications that Clippers hitting coach Jon Nunally was the key figure in upgrading Marte's swing and approach at the plate, Antonetti was quick to call it a team effort. ¶
    ""It's hard to ascribe it to just one person,'' he said. ""But Jon does a very good job with him. Ultimately, it comes down to the player taking charge of his own development.'' ¶
   Tribe officials aren't saying whether Marte will be called up before September or at all. As a player who is out of options, the Indians more than likely will lose him next year unless he is on the big-league roster, a longshot right now. ¶
   ""The reports I've seen on him are real,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ""What you have to do is see if it translates up here.'' ¶
   WHEEL(S) OF (MIS)FORTUNE -- Jack Efta, the man in charge of the umpires' locker room at Progressive Field, is walking around with his left arm heavily taped, the result of a bicycle accident in which he tore ligaments in his thumb. ¶
    When the swelling goes down, Efta will have to undergo surgey to repair the ligaments. The other bumps and bruises probably will heal by then. ¶
   Efta drove his bike into the side of a truck, whose driver drove him to the hospital. The bicycle was totalled, but Efta is working on getting a new one. ¶
   LEFT LANE CLOSED? -- Luis Valbuena hasn't got much of a chance to bat against left-handed pitchers, but Wedge says his chance probably will come. ¶
   ""He definitely has the potential to be an everyday player and play against left-handers and right-handers,'' the manager said. ""Right now, we pick spots (vs. lefties) for him to get days off, and we want to get Jamey Carroll in there, too.'' ¶
   Valbuena is batting .224 against righties and .100 against lefties but in only 10 at-bats. ¶
   DOWN AND OUT -- Abner Abreu, the rangy outfilielder who was batting .305 at Lake County, probably will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder. Abreu is one of the Tribe's more promising hitting prospects in the low minors. ¶
   FARM FACTS -- Hector Rondon (2-0, 0.75 ERA) gave up one run nd seven hits in six innings, as Columbus defeated Syracuse 5-4. Jordan Brown had three hits and one RBI. *elip Nate Recknagel homered, doubled and drove in three runs, as Lake County beat Greenville 8-1. *elip Jordan Henry had three hits, and Juan Aponte and Kyle Bellows homered in Mahoning Valley's 10-8 win over Oneonta.

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