Pirates’ Starling Marte avoids fracture, suffers hand contusion

Starling Marte

As the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to surge in the standings, the driving force behind the push has been outfielder Starling Marte. All of it was put in jeopardy on Wednesday when Marte left the game after he took a fastball to the hand.

Fortunately, Pittsburgh received great news after the game. Test results revealed Marte suffered only a contusion on his left hand, which should help keep his absence to a minimum.

It’s a huge boost for Pittsburgh and even more important for Marte. In July, he slashed .385/.408/.726 with a 1.134 OPS, seven home runs, seven stolen bases and 20 RBI in 73 at-bats.

Marte should now avoid a trip to the disabled list and for now is considered day-to-day. The Pirates are still within striking distance for the N.L. East, so Marte’s return will be welcomed when it happens.