Pirates' Starling Marte: WBC injury factors into spring action

The Pirates will be careful with Marte (ankle) after the center fielder injured himself during the World Baseball Classic, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "It's going to be something that takes time," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We've been in contact with the medical staff out there about his ankle. They've done a great job of giving him rest when he needs rest. We've appreciated how Tony (Pena, Dominican Republic manager) and their medical staff handled it."

Marte stole a career-high 47 bases in 2016, and his game is all about speed. The timing of his injury is also unfortunate because the team has reshuffled its entire starting outfield, and the trio hasn't worked much as a unit because of WBC participation. At least Marte hasn't missed any spring action due to the back injury that forced him to sit out almost all of last September.

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