Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:19:01 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte was placed on the restricted list Tuesday, April 18.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:55:10 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Nandrolone -- a performance-enhancing drug.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 06:00:56 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed OF Starling Marte (back) on the 15-day disabled list due to back tightness. The move is retroactive to Thursday, Sept. 28.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:04:55 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (back) said Wednesday, Sept. 28, he is dealing with "tightness" in his back rather than spasms. He was not sure if he would be able to play another game this season.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:33:18 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (back) was out of action for the 15th straight game Tuesday, Sept. 20, as he continues to deal with back spasms.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:41:51 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (back) missed his eighth consecutive game Tuesday, Sept. 13, due to ongoing issues with back spasms.
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:33:38 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (back) did not play against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, Sept. 10, which marked the fifth consecutive game he has missed due to back spasms. There is no timetable for Marte's return.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:44:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, 3B Jung Ho Kang, C Francisco Cervelli and SS Jordy Mercer are not in the starting lineup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Vincent Velasquez Sunday, July 24. OF Starling Marte will start in center field, while OF Gregory Polanco will start in left field. 3B David Freese will start at third base and is batting third. OF Matt Joyce will start in right field and is batting fifth. C Elias Diaz will start at catcher and is batting seventh, while 2B Sean Rodriguez will start at shortstop and is batting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: Freese is hitting only .190 over the last seven games but should still be a decent starting option in some leagues. Joyce is hitting .207 in July and probably can be avoided in most leagues. Diaz was recently called up from the minor leagues and should not be used by owners at this point. Rodriguez is hitting .251 with 10 home runs this season but should only be used in NL-only leagues.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:08:08 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (illness) is starting in left field and batting fourth against Philadelphia Phillies SP Zach Eflin Friday, July 22. Marte was a late scratch because of flu-like symptoms Thursday, July 21.
Fantasy Tip: Marte is a top-tier outfielder who provides five-category production. Confidently return him to your lineups. He's a potential buy-low candidate, too. Some owners could be underwhelmed with his lack of home runs (seven), but his 33 stolen bases might be even more valuable given the scarcity of steals this season.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:52:11 -0700
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (illness) was scratched for the game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, July 21, because of flu-like symptoms.
Fantasy Tip: There's a decent chance Marte is right back in the starting lineup Friday, July 22, but you'll want to check back for an update on his status before locking him into your lineups. Expect Matt Joyce or Sean Rodriguez to fill in for Marte Thursday, and Joyce in particular could be a nice flier in daily contests.