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Starling Marte | Outfielder | #6

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / PIT
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Starling Marte told MLB Dominicana that he's moving to center field in 2017.
Marte has primarily played left field since arriving in the big leagues, though he did start nine games in center last year. This means Andrew McCutchen will be moving to one of the two corner outfield spots. That will be an interesting transition as McCutchen has never played anywhere but center field since debuting in 2009. Feb 4 - 11:16 PM

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Pirates placed OF Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to September 28, with back tightness.

The Pirates ruled Marte out for the season a few days ago, although it's unclear why they decided to officially make the move now with rosters expanded. Nevertheless, he'll finish the year having received just 19 plate appearances in September due to the back issue.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 08:17:00 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Thursday that Starling Marte (back) won't play for the remainder of the season.

At this point, the Pirates have nothing to play for and are content with Marte recovering on his own time rather than rushing him back. He finishes the season hitting .311/.362/.456 with nine homers, 46 RBI and 47 stolen bases in his 129 games. He'll be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Starling Marte (back) is being held out of the lineup again as the Pirates face the Cubs on Wednesday.

Marte said on Tuesday that he is uncertain whether he will be able to start another game this season. He has been fighting through back tightness and back spasms for most of September. Josh Bell draws the start in right field and will bat second.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Starling Marte (back) said he's not sure whether he will start another game this season.

Marte tried to return from his lingering back injury late last week but still isn't feeling quite right. He described it Tuesday more as back "tightness" than spasms. A full month of rest is what Marte really needs, and he'll get it as soon as the regular season ends for the 77-80 Pirates.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:38:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 03:20:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:30:00 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.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 01:14:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 04:12:00 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.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 10:24:00 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.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 05:26:00 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.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 09:10:00 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.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 04:59:00 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.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:54:00 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.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 10:59:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Clay Holmes
9Josh Lindblom
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Pat Light
12Dan Runzler
13Tyler Webb