Pittsburgh Pirates place Starling Marte on disabled list after being hit in hand by pitch

Aug 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at PNC Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 15-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates are doing everything they can to make their first postseason appearance since 1992.

It won’t be easy.

Not only are they clinging to a one game lead in the National League Central over the St. Louis Cardinals (and the Cincinnati Reds are just 3.5 games behind), they’re also going to be dealing with the loss of talented outfielder Starling Marte who was placed on the disabled list this afternoon.

Marte has been struggling with a right hand contusion in recent days and he simply wasn’t recovering quickly enough for the Pirates to play short handed so the team retroactively placed him on the disabled list to August 19th.

To take his place on the roster, the powerful Andrew Lambo was recalled.

Because Marte never made an appearance in any game, the Pirates will only have to wait until the 2nd of September to activate Marte, who should be plenty ready to play by then.

The second year outfielder (more like rookie, in all honesty) has been fantastic this season, hitting an impressive .282 with 11 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

Topics: Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte

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