SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
4 weeks ago

Marte (suspension), who continues to work out at Pirate City, will be eligible to return from an 80-game suspension in mid-July, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

He's completed just over half of his suspension. "We get daily reports," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I speak with him personally, so I don't listen to the reports as much. He's showing up well. He's pouring into the drill work and the game work. He's following the directives from the training staff. He seems to be making some progress." The outfielder will likely face some backlash for his actions, but he'll also be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Marte is a name to remember, given his multi-tool skill-set.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
2 months ago

Marte was suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Jared Diamond the Wall Street Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marte's suspension is active immediately and will have him out for the next 80 games. With Marte out for an extended period of time, the Pirates may move Andrew McCutchen over to his old spot in center field, while adding Adam Frazier or Josh Bell to their outfield. However, the possibility exists that Marte's suspension could accelerate Austin Meadows' arrival to the big leagues.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
2 months ago

Marte went 2-for-4 with his second stolen base and homer of the season Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

He's had a difficult time adjusting to center field in the early going, but he's batting .289 with a .784 OPS. Marte went deep only four times in his first 216 plate appearances in 2016, so there's room for power improvement. He continues to hit at or near the top of the lineup, leading off twice while batting second nine times.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 months ago

Marte finished 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Marte put on an excellent performance, aside from a couple of baserunning gaffs, and earned his team a win with a walkoff two-run home run to center in the bottom of the 10th inning. After hitting .111 through nine at-bats to start the season, Marte feasted over the weekend against Atlanta, going 7-for-14 with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 months ago

Marte went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs Friday against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

He batted leadoff for the first time in 2017, reaching base three times on two singles and a hit batsman. Marte has yet to attempt a stolen base, but it doesn't appear he's been bothered by a sore ankle which nagged him during spring training.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 months 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.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 months 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.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 months 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.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
3 months 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.

SUSStarling Marte
LF/CF PIT
4 months 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.