The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated outfielder Starling Marte from the restricted list for Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. To make room on the active roster Phil Gosselin was optioned to Indianapolis. The 40-man roster already had two openings, so not further roster move is necessary.
Marte last played for the Pirates on April 17th before he was suspended 80 games by MLB for PED use. He was batting .241/.288/.370 through 13 games at the time of his suspension.
Shortly after being suspended, Marte reported to Pirate City, where he played in a handful of Extended Spring Training games. He then stopped the games and was taking part in workouts for awhile until beginning his rehab assignment with Bradenton on July 2nd. He moved to Indianapolis, then back to Bradenton during the Triple-A All-Star break, before returning to Indianapolis, where he played until Sunday. In 12 games between the two levels, he hit .304/.360/.391. He is in the lineup batting lead-off tonight.
Gosselin has now had three stints with the Pirates this year, hitting .150/.190/.175 in 28 games. He played just four games this last time, going 1-for-3 with a walk.+ posts
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