Manager Clint Hurdle expects Marte (back) to play in one of two exhibition games against Houston on Monday or Tuesday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. Sitting the center fielder gives him a chance to rest nagging injuries prior to the start of regular season play. He also missed time early in camp with a thumb injury. Marte has looked good in Grapefruit League action, hitting .269 with three home runs and four stolen bases.
Marte (back) isn't listed in the lineup or as an available bench option for either of the Pirates' split-squad games Saturday against the Red Sox and Phillies, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Marte has been idle since Thursday with lower-back tightness, an injury the Pirates view as a day-to-day concern. Though the organization remains optimistic that Marte will be ready to go for the March 28 season opener in Cincinnati, he may need to return to action in one of the Pirates' final three spring contests to ensure his availability.
Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Friday's spring game against the Rays, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Marte was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a tight lower back, so it's not overly surprising to see him out of the lineup the following day. The 30-year-old is still considered day-to-day, but it's worth keeping a close eye on his status with Opening Day less than a week away.
Marte was removed from Thursday's lineup because of a tight lower back. The Pirates are calling Marte's removal from the lineup precautionary. The outfielder, who is currently being treated by the team's medical staff, should be considered day-to-day. Given how close it is to the start of the season, Marte's status will be worth monitoring in the coming days.
Marte homered in his third straight start Sunday against Boston. The center fielder has also stolen three bases in Grapefruit League action. "He's swung the bat from a strong position," manager Clint Hurdle said. "When he's getting on, he's looking for opportunities to run, so he's healthy. He's seeing pitches. He's heading into a good position to start the season." Marte is expected to bat second in the lineup behind Adam Frazier on most occasions.
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