Pittsburgh Pirates place Starling Marte on disabled list

Aug 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) is greeted in the dugout 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 will be without one of their star outfielders for the next week and a half after placing left fielder Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a hand contusion. The team made the decision to place Marte on the disabled list on Saturday after the team spent the week monitoring how he had been feeling since taking a pitch to the hand last Sunday.

Since the disabled list designation is retroactive, Marte is able to return to the Pirates on September 3.

Andrew Lambo was recalled to take Marte’s spot on the roster.

Lambo has been impressive in the minors with 32 home runs this year. It is his second Major League stint this month and he will be splitting time in left field for the Pirates until Marte is eligible to return to his full-time outfielder and lead-off hitter role.

This season, Marte is batting .282/.343/.443. He has crossed the plate for 79 runs and been a major threat once he reaches the bag with his 35 steals this season, which is third in the National League.

Topics: Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte

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