Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Phillies after he was hit in the left arm with a pitch.
Marte was hit in the arm by a pitch from A.J. Burnett in the second inning. He remained in the game initially, but left before the bottom of the third inning, with Travis Snider sliding over to left field and Gregory Polanco entering the game to play right field. The issue is being described as “discomfort” and he’s receiving treatment.
Losing Marte for any length of time would be tough for the Pirates, as the 25-year-old has been one of the hottest hitters in the game since returning from a concussion in early August. He’s batting .362/.426/.598 with 17 extra-base hits (six home runs), 16 RBI, five stolen bases, and 25 runs scored over his last 34 games.