Winter Leagues: Update On Marte’s Back Injury

In the Dominican League yesterday, there was news on two Pirates players. Gregory Polanco will rejoin his Escogido team today and Starling Marte was shut down by the Pirates due to his back injury. Marte left last Saturday’s game early then missed Sunday’s game and sat out on Monday. His team was off on Tuesday and he returned to the lineup Wednesday, though he left early with the score out of hand. Marte was the designated hitter on Thursday, but he sat out the last two days.

Marte was shut down by the Pirates this weekend (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Marte was shut down by the Pirates this weekend (Photo Credit: David Hague)

According to Leo Lopez, Marte was shut down by request of the Pirates until further notice as a precaution. Marte said in an interview on Friday that it was a minor issue with his back. He said late Saturday that he hasn’t felt very well and is resting.

One thing that could come from this, is if Marte is healthy, he could play in the league finals. Prior to this week, General Manager Moises Alou said that Marte would leave after the round robin tournament was completed, but it appears his Escogido team has asked the Pirates permission to allow Marte to play in the league finals, assuming they advance.

In Puerto Rico on Saturday, Benji Gonzalez had a big game, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. His team still lost 10-5 and dropped to 3-4 in the playoffs.

Eliecer Navarro got the start and went 6.1 innings in his team’s 2-1 loss. He got credit for the loss, but both runs that Navarro gave up were unearned. He allowed two hits, two walks(one intentional) and had five strikeouts. Navarro threw five shutout innings in his last appearance.

Mel Rojas played for the first time in a week, though he was only used as a pinch-runner. He went 0-for-8 in the first two playoff games and 2-for-13 during the regular season in Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, the Panama League season got started and three Pittsburgh Pirates players are in the league. On Friday, Ulises Montilla went 1-for-5 in his second game. He hit a double and homer in the season opener. Edgardo Munoz went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored on Friday. He was 1-for-8 in his first two games. Dario Agrazal Jr. still hasn’t made his season debut.

In Australia from Sunday, Danny Arribas went 0-for-4 with a walk to wrap up his week. He played first base today and caught in his only other start this week. In those two games, he went 0-for-7 and dropped his average down to .152 through 99 at-bats. The opposing starting pitcher today for Arribas was former Pirates pitcher Aaron Thompson.

John Dreker

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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.

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  • The Masked robshelb

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    Problem is, these guys just love to play baseball !! I imagine no one likes to be shut down. Especially during their play-off games. Bummer.

    otoh . . .

    Me, I’d say to Starling, “Amigo, it’s time for a rest, time to relax. You gotta show up in Bradenton, ready to go again, in only a little more than a month.”

    I know that must grate against Starling’s highly-competitive spirit. And for him, playing in the DomRep in front of home-country fans is probably one of his personal high points of his year. Me, I’ll (now) be glad when Winter Baseball is finished and all these guys are forced to take some time off.
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  • emjayinTN

    You have to remember that this is just Marte’s off-season workouts. With Escogido assured of a tie to finish first in the 16 game playoff series, he can probably take at least the next 3 games off. I would say this is no more than the team doctor being in touch with a back specialist selected by the Pirates so they are sure it is nothing that can be worsened by additional play. Getting this “live” work will be very beneficial to him and the Pirates.

    Great outing by Chris Leroux Saturday going 6 innings and only giving up 3 hits, with 12K/0W to get the 1-0 victory that pushed Escogido to 9-4, with 2 teams in second being 6-7.

    • John Dreker

      The Dominican playoffs are 18 games, each team plays six times, so right now Escogido isn’t even guaranteed not to finish last. They could still lose 9 games and the other teams are 6-7, 6-7 and 5-8

  • PiratesForever

    where did Tim go

    • John Dreker

      Tim covered mini-camp this week and will have some more articles from it soon. You can find numerous articles on the site from this week regarding mini-camp and the players there

      • PiratesForever

        thank you

  • PiratesForever

    Where is Polonco at I thought he was suppose to return to the lineup tonight but he is not playing. Bummer oh Escogido is losing 4-1 to Gigantes in the 7th

    • PiratesForever

      Escogido tied it up in the 9th 4-4

  • PiratesForever

    Bot 9th Escodgido winning 5-4

  • PiratesForever

    Gigantes tied it up in the 9th and won it in the 10th Escogido is 9-5

    • John Dreker

      According to the team, Polanco was back with them yesterday and was supposedly returning to play today, but he wasn’t added to the daily roster. He’s there though

      • PiratesForever

        Ok as long as nothing is wrong