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Pirates activate Starling Marte from the disabled list

Sep 7, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Pirates have activated outfielder Starling Marte from the disabled list, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune. The 24-year-old had been dealing with a contusion on his right hand, suffered on August 10 against the Rockies when he was hit by Josh Outman. Marte continued to play for the next week before needing to be officially sidelined.

Prior to the injury, Marte was enjoying a fine season, racking up 35 stolen bases along with double digits in doubles, triples, and home runs.

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests Marte will be used as a pinch-runner at first before being worked back into the Pirate lineup.

  1. Stiller43 - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Didnt you guys just report it would be a long time before he would be back?

    • sfbookreviews - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      To be fair, they were talking about Marte on the local broadcast yesterday and were saying he isn’t able to hit yet and it may be awhile, but since his legs are fine and the rosters have expanded, there was no reason to leave him on IR. So, in essence, while he’s been activated, he isn’t going to be very active.

      Pre-September 1, this would not have happened.

  2. e5tolife - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Apparently “not close to returning” means about 2 days. Might be time to stop listening to bill brink. He claimed marte couldn’t take two-handed swings about an hour after the tv broadcasters reported him taking swings two-handed.

    • dan1111 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Swing and a miss.

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