Pirates outfielder Starling Marte shut down in Dominican League
A hand injury forced outfielder Starling Marte to be shut down during the Dominican Winter League.
Marte's team, Leones del Escogido, tweeted the Pirates ordered Marte to stop playing after he cut his left hand Friday. Marte had been scheduled to play for Escogido until Thursday.
"By order of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte will not continue playing. They finalized their permission as a precaution, due to the cut that he suffered in his left hand last Friday. Marte was scheduled to play until December 21," the tweet read in Spanish.
Por disposición de los Piratas de Pittsburgh, Starling Marte no continuará jugando. Ellos finalizaron su permiso por precaución, debido a la cortadura que sufrió en su mano izquierda el pasado viernes. Marte estaba programado para jugar hasta el 21 de diciembre. pic.twitter.com/eoRkAd3F8M— Escogido Baseball (@EscogidoBBClub) December 19, 2017
In 30 games, Marte batted .277 with a .771 OPS. He went to the DWL in part of make up for the time he missed during the regular season with the Pirates after he was suspended for failing a steroids test.
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