Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was scratched from last night's lineup because of his bruised right hand. It was the second consecutive game Marte was sidelined by his hand contusion, as he told reporters -- including Tom Singer of MLB.com -- prior to the game that his hand was still sore.
"Still sore," a dejected Marte said, holding up
his right ring and little fingers. "Tried throwing and gripping a bat. Not
good. Maybe later in the game, off the bench."
Marte was in manager Clint Hurdle's initial lineup, but he was scratched after he had trouble throwing a gripping a bat. He did so during early workouts, and he ultimately didn't get the nod from the skipper.
A similar bruise sidelined Marte for a few starts last week, but that was the result of him being hit by a pitch. His current contusion was caused by having his hand stepped on by Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado while attempting a stolen base during Sunday's contest.
The Pirates replaced Marte in left field and atop the batting order with Jose Tabata. The 24-year-old is in the midst of a strong sophomore season with the Pirates, hitting .282/.343/.443 with 25 doubles, 10 triples and 11 home runs to go with 35 stolen bases in 48 attempts.
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