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Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco

Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco
John Dreker

Very little action on the schedule Monday, but the Starling Marte situation always has something new each day. The soap opera started with him leaving a game early last Sunday. He then missed the next two games and had a team off day on Wednesday. The word we got was that he was just resting, but then it came out that he had a minor back injury.

Marte should return for Dominican League finals (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Marte returned on Thursday, played Friday as the designated hitter and then sat out Saturday and Sunday. That's when we heard that the Pirates shut down Marte for an undetermined amount of time. That came one day after Marte gave an interview in which he said he was fine.

Yesterday, the Escogido GM Moises Alou said that the Pirates didn't shut him down and he was j...

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John Dreker

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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