Starling Marte exits game with “severe dizziness”

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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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.