Sep 9, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pinch runner Starling Marte (6) slides in to second base in the ninth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Pirates beat the Rangers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Starling Marte returns to the Pirates lineup


Outfielder Starling Marte was one of the sensations of the season. The 24-year old Domincan Republic native was batting .282, posted an on base percentage of .343 and was slugging .443 through 126 games this season. He also hit 11 home runs, batted in 33 runs and stole 36 bases.

Marte was placed on the disabled list on August 24 because of a severe hand contusion and discomfort. The move was retroactive as of August 19.

On September 7, Marte was activated from the disabled list, but did nothing more than serve as a pinch runner and a defensive replacement. The discomfort in his hand forced him back to the bench.

Marte hasn’t been in the lineup since August 18.

On Tuesday night, Marte will play in left field and be in his normal leadoff spot in the lineup.

The Pirates will send Jeff Locke (10-5, 3.12 ERA) to the hill as they host the San Diego Padres, who will counter with Eric Stults (8-13, 4.03 ERA).

The Pirates are currently tied for first with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

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