Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pirates outfielder Starling Marte left Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals due to “severe dizziness.” Sean Rodriguez took Marte’s place in left field to begin the top of the fourth inning.
Marte had gone 0-for-2 with two swinging strikeouts against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. He’s currently batting .269/.322/.500 with seven home runs, 21 RBI, and five stolen bases in 114 plate appearances this season.
The Pirates should provide more information on Marte’s status after the game.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.