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Injured Pirates Starling Marte, Francisco Cervelli miss Wednesday's game

Chris Adamski
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:09 p.m.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli gives the thumbs up to the White Sox dugout while warming up Jameson Taillon during a game Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli gives the thumbs up to the White Sox dugout while warming up Jameson Taillon during a game Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at PNC Park.
The Pirates' Starling Marte sits in the dugout during a game against the White Sox Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Pirates' Starling Marte sits in the dugout during a game against the White Sox Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at PNC Park.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli winces after being hit by a pitch during the third inning against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli winces after being hit by a pitch during the third inning against the White Sox Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at PNC Park.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte makes a sliding catch to rob the Giants' Pablo Sandoval during the fourth inning Sunday, May 13, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte makes a sliding catch to rob the Giants' Pablo Sandoval during the fourth inning Sunday, May 13, 2018, at PNC Park.

Less than 16 hours after leaving Tuesday's game because of separate injuries, Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli were not in the Pirates lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Chicago White Sox.

About two hours before the game, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said both were being evaluated. Neither appeared in the game, though in a day-after-night-game situation, it's possible neither would have started, and the Pirates didn't them in a 3-2 win.

Cervelli suffered bruising in his right forearm after being hit by a pitch there Tuesday. Marte experienced what he said was an oblique injury during a first-inning at-bat in which he doubled and scored.

Both players have downplayed the severity of their respective injuries.

After Tuesday's game, Cervelli wore a bandage on his arm. He assured reporters "it will be fine, no problem" and that he took himself out of the game because he didn't know "if I was able to throw at the moment."

On Wednesday, Marte said he did not believe a stint on the disabled list was necessary.

"I do just kind of want to feel it out and continue with my trainers," Marte said through translator Mike Gonzalez. "It's just a discomfort that I just don't want to make it worse, so that's why I am going to be careful at what I do."

Before the game, Tomczyk said it was too early to know the precise nature of the injury but acknowledged if it was an oblique that it could linger throughout the season, as oblique-type injuries often do.

"In that abdominal region, it's always a concern, yes," Tomczyk said.

Marte appeared in all but one of the Pirates' 41 prior games.

"My coach and my staff, they know I am willing to play through it," Marte said, "but they just really want to protect me so I am submitting to that right now."

Cervelli stayed in Tuesday's game to run the bases after being hit by the pitch, a 94-mph fastball. Tomczyk emphasized the damage was only to soft tissue.

In addition to Cervelli and Mare, three other Pirates regulars were given the game off. Elias Diaz started in place in Cervelli; Sean Rodriguez was Marte's replacement in center.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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