Pirates outfielder Starling Marte took a pitch off his helmet last Friday night. A concussion was initially ruled out — the Bucs were instead calling it “head trauma” — but now there’s this …
The @Pirates place OF Starling Marte on 7-day DL (concussion); recall INF Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.
— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) July 23, 2014
Marte also suffered a head injury in late June when he collided with the knee of Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez while trying to steal second base, so it’s best to play this one safe. The speedy 25-year-old has posted a disappointing .255/.328/.385 batting line in 86 games this season after batting .280/.343/.441 in 135 games last season. Marte has tallied 74 stolen bases in 268 career games at the major league level.