LF,CF - PIT
Starling Marte belts grand slam
Starling Marte went 1-for-5 on Thursday against the Red Sox but hit a grand slam and had five RBI.
Marte has established himself as an elite fantasy outfielder as he produces good numbers across the board. His power was down a bit last year, so fantasy owners hope there are plenty more grand slams to come this season. Regardless, he is a very safe option for stolen bases and has consistently posted a high batting average.
Starling Marte with a pinch-hit
Starling Marte has barely played in September with a back injury, but did have a pinch-hit at-bat on Tuesday. He grounded out in the fifth inning and he only has three at-bats since September 5. He has an .818 OPS this season.
Marte has one hit in his three pinch-hit at-bats since working his way back into the lineup. He is 8-for-19 in September and had five multi-hit games in seven games before back injuries derailed the end of his season.
Starling Marte exits after aggravating back injury
Starling Marte was forced to exit Thursday's game early after aggravating his back injury that had previously sidelined him for much of September.
This has been a nightmare for Marte and the Pirates, and just when there was hope that the back ailment had subsided it's back again. There's no timeframe for Marte's return, and he could simply be shut down for the remainder of the season given how long this has been an issue.
Starling Marte remains sidelined by back injury
Starling Marte, who was hoping to return to the Pirates' lineup over the weekend, remained out through Sunday's game due to a back injury.
There's still no word on his return, and at this point it looks like he could potentially be out the remainder of the season. If the Pirates remain in the playoff race you would imagine they'd do everything to get him back sooner than later.
Starling Marte hopes to return Friday
Starling Marte told reporters that he's hoping to rejoin the Pirates' starting lineup on Friday.
Marte continues to be sidelined by his back injury. While he's had a very solid season, owners may want to take a wait-and-see approach in his early return to make sure he's all the way back from injury.
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