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 today. He’s not yet to the point where he can pitch in games yet. Angel Sanchez and Casey Sadler, the other two guys returning from Tommy John, both returned to Spring Training games in the last week, and can be used however they are needed.

**Jason Rogers has completed two weeks of right ankle discomfort. He’s currently doing everything but sprinting full speed right now. He’s taking grounders, throwing, hitting, and doing some slight agility work. Tomczyk said he’s a little away from getting back into game activities.

**Jason Stoffel is in the advanced stages of his shoulder program. He will be throwing on flat ground later this week.

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  1. Injured, returned too quickly, re-injured, missed another 2 games and now he is ready? $5 mil salary this season and the Pirates have already kicked ‘Cutch to the curb as a CF in favor of Starling Marte. Anybody else feel confident about all of this?

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