Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:25:08 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates manager feels it takes at least 1,500 career at-bats in the majors before a player "gets it" and can be reliably evaluated. Three projected starters who yet to reach that level of at-bats is OF Jose Tabata (1,380 at-bats), OF Starling Marte (677 at-bats) and SS Jordy Mercer (395 at-bats).
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:16:47 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) started his first game Tuesday, Sept. 17, since suffering a contusion on his right index finger Aug. 18. Marte went 1-for-3 in the game.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:21:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) took some swings before the team's game Saturday, Sept. 14, and could return to the lineup in a few days. Manager Clint Hurdle said Marte may have to deal with some pain during the rest of the season.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:54:33 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) took swings in a simulated game Thursday, Sept. 12, and was looking good, according to manager Clint Hurdle. "I don't know how much pain he's going through," Hurdle said. "We're going to find out more about that as well. We'll find out what the level of pain was."
Fantasy Tip: Marte still isn't 100 percent, so for now, expect him to continue serving as a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch runner.
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:41:06 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated SP Starling Marte (hand, finger) from the 15-day disabled list.
Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:31:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand, finger) is "slowly improving" from a right hand contusion and a sprained right ring finger. He isn't able to hold a bat with both hands yet, though, or throw without pain.
Fantasy Tip: Marte will probably make it back before the end of the regular season, but he's quickly running out of time to make an impact down the stretch for your fantasy squad. Keep him reserved and find other outfield options in the meantime.
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:04:34 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) did some one-handed swings Wednesday, Aug. 28, and will try to do some two-handed swings this weekend. The team hopes Marte can start a rehab assignment at the end of next week if things go well.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:55:26 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired OF Marlon Byrd and C John Buck from the New York Mets in exchange for INF prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.
Fantasy Tip: This puts Byrd in a better lineup, where he should play regularly. This probably means the injury to Starling Marte (hand) is significant, but we'll update you as that comes along. Buck will back up Russell Martin and doesn't have mixed-league value. Expect Lucas Duda and a mishmash of other players to fill in for Byrd. Duda is the best option to acquire in mixed leagues, but it'll be messy.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:23:28 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed OF Starling Marte (hand) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand contusion. In a corresponding move, the team recalled OF Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Fantasy Tip: Lambo, Garrett Jones and Josh Harrison could see time in the outfield while Marte is out of the lineup, but none are expected to receive a majority of the playing time. Lambo could be a target in deep mixed leagues and NL-only leagues because of his power potential. Harrison could be an option in NL-only leagues if he gets enough playing time.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:25:54 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (hand) is believed to be close to returning to the lineup, and he won't need to go on the disabled list. He missed his fourth straight game Thursday, Aug. 22, after having his hand stepped on Sunday, Aug. 18.