The Pittsburgh Pirates are being cautious with outfielder Starling Marte as they have shut down the 29-year old from the Dominican Winter League. Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call- Pirates shut Starling Marte down from winter ball | The Sports Daily

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call- Pirates shut Starling Marte down from winter ball

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call- Pirates shut Starling Marte down from winter ball

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Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call- Pirates shut Starling Marte down from winter ball

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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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