Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
5 days ago

Marte need an occasional day off early in 2017 as part of his continued recovery from an ankle sprain, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "We're still assessing that," head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.

EDGE Analysis

He initially injured his ankle March 8 while sliding into second base. "I don't think it's going to be an issue," Marte said. "Yeah, it is a little bit sore here and there. I do believe that I'm going to be able to play throughout the season, especially with the therapy I'm going through." Marte returned from the World Baseball Classic and promptly hit an opposite-field grand slam Thursday. One would think that the Pirates wouldn't be playing him in meaningless exhibition games if the injury was severe.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
1 week ago

Marte said his ankle injury is better and he "could play nine innings now" if needed, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates will continue to be careful with him for the remainder of spring, but this is encouraging news, as it doesn't appear the ankle injury will affect Marte's readiness to begin the season. The 28-year-old stole a career-high 47 bases in 2016 and is set to takeover center field for the first time next season.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
1 week ago

The Pirates will be careful with Marte (ankle) after the center fielder injured himself during the World Baseball Classic, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "It's going to be something that takes time," GM Neal Huntington said. "We've been in contact with the medical staff out there about his ankle. They've done a great job of giving him rest when he needs rest. We've appreciated how Tony (Pena, DR manager) and their medical staff handled it."

EDGE Analysis

Marte stole a career high 47 bases in 2016 and his game is all about speed. The timing of his injury is also unfortunate because the team has reshuffled its entire starting outfield and the trio hasn't worked much as a unit because of WBC participation. At least Marte hasn't missed any spring action due to the back injury that forced him to sit out almost all of last September.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
2 weeks ago

Marte (ankle) is expected to return to the Dominican Republic lineup for Thursday's game, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte missed two games in pool play after tweaking his ankle in an exhibition game prior to the tournament. The left fielder shined in the one game he did play, however - going 3-for-4 with two runs in a win over the United States. Team Dominican will be happy to have him back after a week of rest.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 weeks ago

Marte (ankle) is back in the lineup for the Dominican Republic Saturday, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte sat out of Thursday's game after tweaking his ankle, but the injury proved to be nothing overly serious, as the 28-year-old is set to take the field against the United States in a battle of heavyweights. Barring any setbacks, he should be be starting in center field for Team Dominican Republic for the rest of the WBC.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 weeks ago

Marte said his right ankle is swollen, but he wants to return to World Baseball Classic action Saturday, Jorge L. Ortiz of USA TODAY reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte sat out Thursday's contest but should ease worried potential fantasy owners by suiting up against the United States, which has blockbuster potential for showcasing fantasy studs. Assuming he resumes WBC duties without delay or physical limitations, the 28-year-old should earn second-round consideration in mixed leagues.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 weeks ago

Marte is not in the lineup for the Dominican Republic on Thursday after tweaking his ankle in Wednesday's exhibition matchup, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unclear how the injury was sustained or how severe it is, but it certainly is not what the Pirates wanted to hear as their stud center fielder headed off to play in the World Baseball Classic. Further information about the ailment should become known relatively soon, but in the meantime, Gregory Polanco will patrol center field for the Dominican Republic.

Starling Marte
LF/CF PIT
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.