First some news, then a recap of action around the five winter leagues currently in action. We mentioned in yesterday's winter article that Starling Marte left Friday's game early. It turns out that it was actually injury related, although it had nothing to do with his hit-by-pitch earlier in the game. While stealing third base, Marte had his hand stepped on and he received a spike wound. He's only scheduled to play winter ball until December 21st, so unless that plan changes, we might not see him again this off-season. Marte's Dominican team said his status is day-to-day.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna faced former Pirate Wilfredo Boscan on Saturday night. Osuna didn't have any luck against Boscan, going 0-for-3 with two fly outs and a grounder to shortstop. He picked up a single and a stole...
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