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Starling Marte | Outfielder | #6

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup again Tuesday against the Cubs.
Nagging back spasms have kept Marte out of the lineup since Thursday. It's unclear if or when he'll be able to return. Matt Joyce is starting in right field and hitting fifth. Sep 27 - 3:20 PM

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Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks.
Sep 26 - 4:30 PM

Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Marte is a question mark for the rest of the season with nagging back spasms. Gregory Polanco is also on the bench Sunday, but he's just getting a breather. The Pirates have Sean Rodriguez and Josh Bell at the outfield corners.

Starling Marte (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

Marte finally returned to action Thursday but had to make an early exit due to more back issues. His status for the remainder of the season is up in the air. Gregory Polanco has shifted over to left field and Josh Bell is starting in right Friday.
Sep 23 - 4:12 PM

Starling Marte was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Brewers due to back tightness.

It's the same issue that had sidelined him since September 5 prior to rejoining the lineup on Thursday. It's unclear how much time this may cause him to miss, but it would be very surprising to see him in the lineup on Friday.
Sep 22 - 10:24 PM

Starling Marte (back) is back in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

Marte pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, but this will be his first start since September 5, as he's been dealing with nagging back spasms. He's in left field and batting second against Chase Anderson and the Brewers.
Sep 22 - 5:26 PM

Starling Marte (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Brewers.

It was the first plate appearance for Marte since September 5, more than two weeks ago. He could be nearing a return to the starting lineup as the Pirates prepare one last push for a National League Wild Card spot. Marte has hit .310/.361/.456 with nine home runs and 47 stolen bases in 127 games this season.
Sep 22 - 9:10 AM

Starling Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

Marte last played on September 5. A balky back has sidelined him over the last two weeks. With the All-Star outfielder out of the lineup once more on Wednesday, Adam Frazier will man left field in his place while batting leadoff.
Sep 21 - 4:59 PM

Starling Marte (back) will go through a full pregame workout on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

"He’s going to have a full day of activity today and we’ll see where that takes us," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters on Tuesday evening. Marte hasn't appeared in a game since September 5 due to back problems. Adam Frazier is starting in left field and batting leadoff on Tuesday night against the Brewers.
Sep 20 - 5:54 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington suggested Sunday that there is no longer a timetable for Starling Marte's (back) return to the starting lineup.

Marte has been on the shelf since September 5 due to back problems and apparently suffered a setback over the weekend. "We felt like we were getting really close to getting him able to go compete again, and then another tough day," Huntington said. "Now we need to take a deep breath and re-evaluate. The last thing we want to do is put somebody back out there when they’re not ready to compete and they could do some damage, or worse damage." It's been a frustrating stretch for Marte owners, to say the least. He's sitting on a .311/.362/.457 batting line and 47 stolen bases. Adam Frazier and Matt Joyce have been playing left field.
Sep 19 - 10:59 AM

Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

The Pirates had been hoping to get Marte back during Saturday's doubleheader, but as it turns out he'll sit out all weekend. He hasn't played since September 5 due to back spasms. Adam Frazier is in left field. The Pirates also have Sean Rodriguez at shortstop Sunday, with Jordy Mercer getting some rest.
Sep 18 - 11:40 AM

Starling Marte (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

He didn't participate in the early game either. Marte has now missed 13 consecutive games while battling a back injury. It's unclear when he might return after having a setback on Friday. Adam Frazier will draw the start in left field for Saturday's nightcap.
Sep 17 - 5:50 PM

Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

There's still a good chance that he returns for the second game, with a more favorable matchup against left-hander Brandon Finnegan. This is the 11th straight game that the dynamic outfielder has missed due to back spasms.
Sep 17 - 10:50 AM

Starling Marte (back) is hoping to return to the Pirates' lineup for one of the games during Saturday's doubleheader versus the Reds.

Marte is sitting out a 10th straight game Friday, but manager Clint Hurdle expressed optimism that he'd have his All-Star outfielder back Saturday. He's been bothered by back spasms since last month and the ailment flared up on him recently. Josh Bell is in right field and Gregory Polanco is in left Friday.
Sep 16 - 5:01 PM

Starling Marte (back) might be healthy enough to return to the Pirates' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

Back spasms have kept Marte from playing in each of the last nine games. Looks like the rest is finally beginning to pay off. The 27-year-old outfielder is slashing .311/.362/.457 with nine homers, 46 RBI and a career-best 47 steals over 486 at-bats this season and may be safe to return to fantasy lineups for this big weekend.
Sep 14 - 5:33 PM

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