Starling Marte told the Dominican League site yesterday that he missed two games early this week due to minor back discomfort, contrary to what we heard from some sources covering the team. There was speculation by some that he was taking off as a precaution due to a back injury, but the official word was that he was just resting. Marte said that he decided to take off until the minor discomfort was totally gone. He missed two games and had another day off due to the scheduled off day on Tuesday. Marte returned with two hits on Wednesday, then went 1-for-4 on Thursday.
Montilla has hit well wherever he has played
Marte did not start on Friday, though he was on the daily roster submitted to the league. With his team down 4-2 in the ninth, Marte never left the bench. He also didn't come in when left fielder Jose Constanza had to leave after legging out a double in the first inning.
In Puerto Rico, there were Pirates players who were actually in action on Friday night. Benji Gonz...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.