Starling Marte is out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Thursday, and the Pirates are still uncertain of his status going forward. Marte went through a series of tests yesterday and saw minor improvements with his injured side, but nothing dramatic, according to Clint Hurdle.
Today the plan was for Marte to be put through another series of tests to see if he’s available in any capacity going forward this series. Hurdle said that the Pirates are closing in on a point when they need to make a decision on whether a stint on the disabled list is the best route for Marte going forward.
“Especially with the All-Star game and the break coming up, you have a four-day window to take advantage of as well,” Hurdle explained.
A decision should be made shortly, and we’ll update you on Marte’s condition as information becomes available.