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Starling Marte‘s stay in the Dominican Winter League has come to an end.
The Pirates pulled the plug on Marte’s Winter Ball season thanks to a left hand injury.
The injury doesn’t appear to be anything serious and it is being described as just a cut on his hand, but the Bucs are wisely being cautious with Marte.
Marte, who was playing with Leones del Escogido, got off to a very slow start in Winter Ball, but was heating up as of late and finished with a .255/.310/.396 line. He smacked two home runs, three doubles and three triples in 117 plate appearances. He also swiped eight bags.
He was only supposed to play a few more days anyways and would have needed permission from the Pirates to play in the playoffs.
Marte is looking to bounce back from a very disappointing 2017 season that featured an 80-game suspension along with a .275/.333/.379 with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases in 77 games.
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