Acquired by the Diamondbacks last offseason, Ketel Marte failed to impress his new team enough in the spring to crack a crowded middle infield and was sent down to Triple-A Reno. In that hitter's paradise, Marte slashed an impressive .338/.391/.514 in 70 games before being summoned on June 27 when injuries finally created a need. Marte responded with a passable 260/.345/.395 line over 255 plate appearances, spanning 73 games, though he swiped only three bags. Marte's game is making frequent contact, mostly of the groundball variety. In order to be a valuable fantasy commodity, he needs to tap into the stolen-base potential displayed in the minors and at times with the Mariners in 2015 and 2016. The Snakes stole the seventh-most bases in the league last season, so team context is favorable. Marte appears to be the favorite to open the season as the starting shortstop.
Marte (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with two triples, a run and an RBI in the Diamondbacks' 11-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday in the National League wild-card game. Though a hamstring injury forced Marte to exit early in the Diamondbacks' regular-season finale against the Royals on Sunday, a couple days off before the wild-card game was all he needed to heal up. Marte then came up big in the first playoff game of his career, becoming the first player in MLB postseason history to triple twice in the same game since 1993. With Chris Owings (finger) still on the mend and not expected to join the active roster for the Diamondbacks' divisional series matchup with the Dodgers, it's expected that Marte will be in store for a full slate for starts at shortstop.
Marte (hamstring) is batting second while playing shortstop for Wednesday's wild-card game against Colorado. Marte has been dealing with hamstring tightness for the past couple days after leaving Sunday's game in the sixth inning due to the injury. He appears to be good enough to play, and was optimistic about his chances to be in the lineup all week. Over the last five games, Marte is 5-for-16 (.313 average) with two extra-base hits and two RBI.
Marte said he's optimistic about playing Wednesday against the Rockies, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Marte was forced out of Sunday's regular-season finale with a hamstring injury, though he doesn't appear to be too worried about the issue. While he admitted he's still dealing with some tightness, Marte believes he'll be good to go for Wednesday's Wild Card Game after a couple of off days. If that's not the case, Adam Rosales would likely draw the start at shortstop in his place.
Marte is day-to-day with left hamstring tightness after leaving Sunday's game in the sixth inning following an infield single, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. With two days off before the NL wild-card game against the Rockies on Wednesday, Marte has a chance of recovering in time to play. Since the calendar flipped to September, Marte has started 22 of the D-backs' final 28 games as the team's primary shortstop.
Marte left Sunday's game in the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The severity and specific nature of Marte's injury is unclear, which puts his availability for the D-backs' upcoming wikd-card matchup with Colorado in question. Chris Herrmann replaced him as a pinch runner during the sixth inning.