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Starling Marte Removed From Tonight’s Altoona Game

Starling Marte Removed From Tonight’s Altoona Game

Marte was pulled from tonight's game.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Starling Marte was been removed from tonight's Altoona Curve game in the fifth inning for pinch hitter Brad Chalk.  Naturally, at this time of the year, when a player is removed, people start thinking "trade".  Marte was hit with a pitch to lead off the game, although he stuck around until the fifth, so his removal doesn't seem to be injury related.  He got a single in the third, and the only out he recorded was in the second.  The 4th inning consistent of two ground outs and a strikeout, so there wasn't a ball hit to Marte before he was pulled.

Jenifer Langosch reports that she has heard the move isn't injury or trade related.  That leaves open two possibilities: disciplinary or a promotion.  It doesn't seem like it would be disciplinary, since there was no possible reason for discipline prior to him being pulled (he didn't bat for two innings, and didn't see a ball hit his way since the 2nd).  Honest...

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