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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole

By on 7/21/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 52-46 on the season, following a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Neil Walker lead a 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 win an RBI and two runs scored. Three other Pirates each had two hits. There was good news on the injury front, as Starling Marte appeared as a pinch hitter after missing the previous game after being hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. Pitcher Gerrit Cole threw a bullpen session and is progressing in his recovery.  

I reported yesterday that Marte was hit in the head with a 93 mile per hour fastball thrown by Adam Ottavino on Friday.  Marte did not play on Saturday and there was no word as to whether or not he could play on Sunday.

As reported by Stephen Pianovich of, Marte came off the bench a drew a walk as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning on Sunday. Manager Clint Hurdle was unsure about Marte's status until just a few hours before the game.

General manager Neal Huntington said the team is going through the "concussion protocol" with Marte.
"He's making great progress, but it is a gray area. He may wake up two days from now and have regressed, or he may wake up two days from now and feel ready to go."
Marte, in his third Major League season, is batting .258 with five home runs and 34 RBI this season. Last year, he batted .280 with 12 home runs, 35 RBI and 41 stolen bases. Marte is a career .270 hitter with 22 home runs, 86 RBI and 74 stolen bases.

As for Cole,  who is currently on the disabled list with tightness in his right lat, threw a bullpen session on Sunday morning consisting of 35 to 40 pitches.

Huntington was pleased with the results of the session.
"Gerrit had a good bullpen today and we'll see how he feels tomorrow and see what the next step is. ... Is it another bullpen, another sim game? But a very good day for Gerrit."
Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts this season.  In 19 starts as a rookie last season, Cole was 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 117 1/3 innings.

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