Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns In Escogido’s Clincher
Jan15

Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns In Escogido’s Clincher

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco returned to action for the first time in over two weeks. He last played on December 30th, before he left for the United States to attend Pirates mini-camp and MLB’s Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco went 0-for-5 in his team’s 6-0 victory. He scored once and drove in a run. Polanco was the designated hitter during his first day back. His team used four pitchers to...

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Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco

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 returned on Thursday, played Friday as the designated hitter and then sat out...

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Winter Leagues: Update On Marte’s Back Injury
Jan12

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...

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Winter Leagues: Pittsburgh Pirates In Panama
Jan11

Winter Leagues: Pittsburgh Pirates In Panama

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...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Lead Tigres to First Place Finish
Jan10

Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Lead Tigres to First Place Finish

From the Dominican League playoffs on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his team’s 3-2 win. He was the designated hitter. Marte went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI on Wednesday, after missing his previous two games. He is batting .276 with six RBIs in nine playoff games. Gregory Polanco will return to play on Sunday. Their team is 8-3 in the 18 game playoffs. None of the other three...

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