May 21st, 2012

Marte throws three scoreless innings with Hens

If the Tigers were looking for one more good outing from reliever Luis Marte before making a decision on him this week, they’ve got it. The right-hander who would’ve been on the Opening Day roster before a strained left hamstring sidelined him threw three scoreless innings for Triple-A Toledo on Monday morning.

Marte tossed the final three innings of the Hens’ 3-1 loss to Syracuse on a schoolkids day at Fifth Third Field. He scattered a walk and a hit with two strikeouts while throwing 22 of his 35 pitches for strikes.

Manager Jim Leyland dropped a pretty good hint about Marte when he talked about the rehab assignment last week.

“If everything goes right, he would still probably not be available up here until Friday,” Leyland said. “So I don’t know how that’s going to play out. But that’s the course for him right now. His next step is Toledo, and that’s a big step.”