PITTSBURGH — Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will begin a rehab assignment with the Bradenton Marauders on Sunday, the team announced. The Marauders will host the Florida Fire Frogs at LECOM Park at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tim Williams will be providing live coverage, and will talk to Marte about his suspension prior to the game.
Marte has been serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He is eligible to return to the major-league roster no earlier than July 18. He is expected to have a 15-game minor-league rehab stint. Marte’s rehab stint will most likely end with four home games with the Indianapolis Indians from July 13 to 16.
When Marte was suspended on April 17, he was hitting .241/.288/.370 for a .659 OPS, which would be the worst season-long stats by far in his six-year major league career.
Manger Clint Hurdle said earlier this week that Marte will either play center or left when he returns to the Pirates lineup.