Injury News: Marte Making Progress

Clint Hurdle said pre-game that the Pirates have a tentative schedule for Starling Marte’s return to action, and that he has been doing some work with a bat, albeit one-handed work.

Starling Marte is making progress in his return to active duty. (Photo by: David Hague)

Starling Marte is making progress in his return to active duty. (Photo by: David Hague)

“Took one-hand swings in the cage yesterday with his good hand, getting better. Everything’s projected right now. He’s done all his cardio work, running work. To get the other hand on the bat, we’re hoping to do that maybe this weekend. Start with some dry swings, see where that takes us and then maybe, maybe if that goes well, sometimes towards the back-end of next week, get him out on a rehab. I mean, that’s speculation.”

It’s speculation, but it’s good speculation for the Pirates to get arguably the league’s best lead-off man back in the fold. If Marte is able to get out on a rehab stint near the end of next week (sometime in the range of Sept. 5-7), that could mean a return to the lineup shortly thereafter.

Marte was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 25, retroactive to Aug. 19, meaning he is eligible to come off on Sept. 3 but that seems unlikely at this point

There’s no question the Pirates are a different team with Marte at the top of the lineup and, while Jose Tabata has filled in admirably at the lead-off spot, Tabata would move back to the bench and make the Pirates a better defensive team overall.

Plus, in the middle of the race for the NL Central Division, it goes without saying that Marte’s return would be a massive boon to the Pirates’ hopes of winning the division if he is in play for the final three weeks or so of the season.

Author: Nate Barnes

Nate covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects, and is an English Writing major at the University of Pittsburgh. Nate has covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report, and covered Pitt Men's Basketball, Duquesne Men's Basketball, and Pitt Baseball beats prior to this summer. You can find Nate on Twitter @NateBarnes_ where he'll keep you updated on each and every time Clint Barmes breaks up a no-hit bid with one-out in the third inning of ballgames.

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