BRADENTON, Fla. - Starling Marte has been out of action in the World Baseball Classic with a right ankle injury, which is not what you want to see from a guy who has been one of the best players for the Pirates over the last few years. Fortunately, it appears the injury isn't too serious, according to Pirates' Head Athletic Trainer Todd Tomczyk.
"I've talked to the [Dominican Republic team] medical staff and Starling almost every day," Tomczyk said. "They anticipate him being back into game activity tomorrow."
Tomczyk said that Marte is in a good enough place to compete, and it's doubtful he'd be playing if the injury was serious. That's a good sign for Marte getting built up for the season.
**Brandon Cumpton continues his mound progression, throwing a bullpen for the second time ...
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