Before the organization decides to promote outfield prospect Starling Marte from Triple-A, they want to make sure he's ready. It has nothing to do with the trade deadline, Manager Clint Hurdle shot that theory down on Friday saying, "I don’t think it probably has as much thump as if something’s being made of it." It has to do with experience in Indianapolis. When Marte is brought up, they want to make sure he's in Pittsburgh to stay and doesn't have to go through some of the challenges some other younger Pirates have endured.
"He’s making progress," Hurdle said. "He’s heading in the right direction. [Assistant General Manager] Kyle Stark was just with us. He had been down there previously. [Hitting Coordinator] Jeff Livesey, I talked with today. He’s with the club right now as we speak. We’re trying to get him some experience at both corners as well as center field depending on which might be for us at the appropriate time if and when he would be called up."