Season ends for injured Pirates Josh Bell, Starling Marte, others
The offseason has started early for injured Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Bell, Starling Marte, Cole Tucker and Elias Diaz.
Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates director of sports medicine, said the team’s management and medical personnel have decided to shut down those injured players for the remainder of the season.
In the cases of Bell and Marte, the decision is no surprise. Bell has been out since Sept. 13 with a left groin strain. Marte hasn’t played since spraining his left wrist Sept. 8 while making a diving catch.
Both could play “if we were in a different place in the season and a different place in the standings,” Tomczyk said.
Tomczyk said he met with Bell before the game Wednesday with the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.
“(Bell said), ‘Really? Do we really have to do this?’ ” Tomczyk said.
“I told him, ‘Josh, this is what’s best for you.’ He’s still fighting it to the last minute.”
Bell finishes his first All-Star season with 37 home runs (tied for eighth in the National League with the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber) and 116 RBIs (fifth). His slash line closes at .277/.367/.569.
Tomczyk said Marte also wants to play, but he is experiencing some “minor discomfort with swinging.”
Marte hit .295 and set career highs with 23 home runs , 82 RBIs, a .503 slugging percentage and .845 OPS (on-base, plus slugging). He has been replaced in center field by rookie Bryan Reynolds, who took a .314 batting average into Wednesday’s game.
Tucker reported left knee discomfort Sunday after swinging the bat, Tomczyk said.
Tucker is expected to make a full recovery in time to have a normal offseason.
Diaz sprained the MCL in his right knee in Milwaukee over the weekend.
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .