Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 days ago

Marte is set to play in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old is set to leave spring training on March 5 to join the Dominican Republic, beginning team workouts shortly after. It's likely we will see Marte in center field playing alongside Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco, giving us a preview of what we will see in Pittsburgh all year. He is coming off his first All-Star selection in 2016, and will look to put together another impressive year as he shifts to center field while Andrew McCutchen moves to a corner.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 weeks ago

Marte will play center field for the Pirates next season, MLB Dominicana reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's no surprise that Marte is moving to center, as he's a far better defender than Andrew McCutchen is at this point in his career. McCutchen was worth a lowly -28 defensive runs saved for the Pirates in 2016, while Marte was worth 17. Marte's speed will likely translate well to center field, as the speedy 28-year-old stole 47 bases in just 129 games in 2016.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
4 weeks ago

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Marte (back) has proceeded on schedule with his regular offseason training regimen, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte was limited to three plate appearances in Pittsburgh's final 27 games of 2016. The outfielder, who set a career high with 47 stolen bases, could move from left field to center in 2017, depending upon how the team handles current center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months ago

Pirates GM Neal Huntington remained cryptic as to why Marte (back) was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday. "A paperwork move," Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's missed a large majority of (September), unlike some of the other guys like (Francisco) Cervelli, who are banged up. We felt it was useful for a variety of reasons to note that he went on the DL."

EDGE Analysis

The move could be construed as unusual, considering the team reportedly had little to gain, financially or otherwise. There's some thought that management is disappointed with Marte's inability to stay on the field -- he started only one game after Sept. 5. For his part, Marte sounded frustrated with his finish. "I'm not happy about that because my back (hurt), and I only played one game, then my back felt bad again," Marte said. "That happens. I was still working on my back. I was working to get back into the lineup, but it still hurt." Despite missing 33 games, the outfielder set a number of career highs, including stolen bases (47) and OPS (.818).

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months ago

Marte (back) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates had already shut down Marte for the season and didn't promote another player to the active roster, so it's not clear why the team proceeded with the transaction. In any event, it's just a final reminder that Marte's season is over.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months 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.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months 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.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months 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.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months 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.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 months 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.