Starling Marte Activated, But Probably as a Pinch Runner

Starling Marte
Starling Marte has returned after hurting his right hand when it was stepped on sliding into third base. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Prior to the game today the Pittsburgh Pirates activated outfielder Starling Marte from the 15-day disabled list. Marte isn’t ready to swing a bat two handed, so he is probably only on the roster to serve as a pinch runner. With Indianapolis out of the playoffs, there would be limited opportunities for Marte to rehab his hitting once he’s ready to swing a bat two handed. He pretty much has to return straight to the majors when he’s ready to swing again.

Until that happens, it’s apparent that Marte can run, which means he could be an asset to the Pirates on the bases with the expanded rosters.

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