Pirates' Starling Marte, Francisco Cervelli exit Tuesday's game with injuries
Two Pirates regulars who are having good seasons were forced out of Tuesday night's game because of injury.
Outfielder Starling Marte left after the first inning because of what the team called right-side discomfort, and catcher Francisco Cervelli did not come out for the top of the fourth after he was hit by a pitch in the right forearm.
Marte joins Josh Bell as the only players to appear in all 41 Pirates games this season, and he'd started all but one in centerfield. He doubled during the Pirates' four-run first inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games and raise his season average to .308. He came around to score when Bell doubled on the next pitch but did not take the field on defense the following half-inning.
Sean Rodriguez replaced Marte in both the third spot in the lineup and in the outfield.
Está gente están de pinga solo se enfocan en cuanto vamos a perder Coño enfóquense en otra cosa y dejen de hablar— Starling Marte (@Starlingmart) May 15, 2018
Cervelli was plunked by a 94-mph fastball from Reynaldo Lopez that left him in obvious pain. Although after being attended to by training staff for several moments, Cervelli took first base and stayed in the game. But Elias Diaz replaced him at catcher when the Pirates took the field.
Cervelli was plagued the past two seasons by wrist and hand injuries. Heading into Tuesday's games, he was second among major-league catchers in home runs (six) and wins above replacement (1.4) and led all MLB catchers in OPS (.981).
Marte served an 80-game suspension last season for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy. He played in more than 135 games just once over five full major-league seasons.
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