OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
18 hours ago

Marte (back) has been ruled out for the Cardinals series this weekend, which has effectively ended his season, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte has started just one game since Sep. 5, as he has dealt with back spams. He returned in a pinch-hitting role Sep. 27, but has been ultimately been ruled out for the season. The Pirates are likely exercising caution with their veteran outfielder in order to avoid him unnecessarily worsening the injury, as they have no playoff aspirations.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
23 hours ago

Marte (back) remains out of the lineup Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

He appeared as a pinch hitter Tuesday but had no game action Wednesday. Pittsburgh doesn't seem to be in a rush to play one of their franchise names now that they're eliminated from postseason eligibility. Sean Rodriguez will man left field and hit fifth.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
2 days ago

Marte (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Marte made a pinch hit appearance Tuesday, but he'll remain out of the lineup Wednesday. He is dealing with back tightness that has limited him to just three at-bats in the last 22 games. Matt Joyce will get the start in left field and hit cleanup Wednesday.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
2 days ago

Marte (back) says he's dealing less with spasms and more tightness. "Random movements can cause sort of a tightness. It's something we are trying to figure out," Marte told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It just kind of comes and goes. The majority of times it is tightness but there are some moments where it becomes painful."

EDGE Analysis

The outfielder is unsure whether the injury might linger. "At this moment I cannot say when I think things will get better," Marte said. "I think, so far, things are moving quickly and I am feeling much better." Marte has played more than 135 games just once since becoming a regular in 2013.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
2 days ago

Marte returned to the field in Tuesday's game against the Cubs for the first time in nearly a week, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from a plate appearance last Wednesday and another before exiting early the next night, Marte has been sidelined by lower back tightness since Sept. 6. Marte said the tightness in his back "comes and goes" and occasionally veers into pain, but he hopes to be able to play a full game Wednesday, if his body allows it.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 days ago

Marte (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

It remains to be seen if we'll see Marte back for the Pirates this season. Gregory Polanco will return to the lineup Tuesday and man left field while Matt Joyce starts in right field.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
4 days ago

Marte (back) is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Marte seemed to be back in action last Thursday, but he'll now sit out of his fourth straight game after re-aggrevating his back injury. Adam Frazier will assume duties in left field to replace the All-Star.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 days ago

Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Marte has yet to return to the lineup after aggravating his back injury Thursday. With Marte recovering, Sean Rodriguez will make a rare appearance in left field and hit fifth against A.J. Cole and the Nationals.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
6 days ago

Marte (back) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports.

EDGE Analysis

After re-aggravating his back injury in Thursday's game, it's no surprise that Marte has not yet returned to action. With the Pirates out of playoff contention, they could very well opt to hold Marte out over the final nine days of the season. Matt Joyce will start in left field and hit seventh Saturday.

OUTStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
1 week ago

Marte (back) is out of the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte felt well enough to start Thursday's contest, but he was forced to leave early after his back flared up again. The All-Star's back apparently still isn't back to 100 percent, which will keep him on the shelf a little longer. Gregory Polanco will slide over to left field to fill his spot while Josh Bell takes over in right field.