Marte, Qualls, Walker Close to Getting Back With Pirates
Manager Clint Hurdle can sigh in relief with several players getting close to coming back to playing with the Pirates. Marte (oblique) started his rehab assignment with State College tonight, and will have it transferred to Triple-A on Wednesday. Neil Walker (low back) continues to ramp his workouts, and Chad Qualls (big toe) struck out the side in his first rehab appearance last night with Triple-A.
“The sigh of relief, I’ll probably go there when I write it in the lineup,” Hurdle said. “It’s still part of the process that they’re working through. It was good to get Marte out. He did so well yesterday, we didn’t think there was anything more for him to do here. We’ll see where we go from there. Walker’s going to do more today. When they can get back, and they can compete, that’s what we’ll look forward to.”
“[Qualls] rolled a turkey. Good sink, threw some good sliders, threw a lot of pitches that they swung at. He felt good today. Side tomorrow and repeat sim game on the 7th.”
Despite Marte being a rookie, the club took two pretty big blows both on the field and at the plate after losing Marte and Walker. Hurdle has run several different players out in their respective positions, but they haven’t been able to get the same production.
“I felt that it would be challenging to play game without them,” Hurdle said. “Marte was cutting his teeth at the Major League level, but he was showing you the things you want to see, defensive play, offensively, during the ball, scoring some runs. He was in a good place.”
“Walker does what he does. Every team is losing some guys though. You see it all over the place. Then you go to your depth and you see how you respond from there…This was probably challenging probably for him than anybody else. For a kid being from here and getting to this point in time in the season where we are, then being unplugged…To miss the subsequently of games, it’s been hard for him.”
Snider Re-injures Hamstring
Travis Snider was removed from the game due to discomfort in his right hamstring. The outfielder was replaced with Jose Tabata in right field in the top of the second inning. Snider hit into a fielder’s choice in the first frame, then scored from first on Andrew McCutchen’s RBI double.