The Pittsburgh Pirates sent outfielder Starling Marte to the seven-day concussion disabled list Wednesday in the wake of a frightening injury. Marte took a 93-mile-per-hour heater from the Rockies Adam Ottavino off his batting helmet last Friday. Marte immediately fell to the ground and stayed there for several seconds before sitting up, then eventually walking down to first base.
After sitting out Saturday's game, Marte played for the Pirates on Sunday and Monday. He was benched on Tuesday when concussion-like symptoms reportedly worsened.
Infielder Brent Morel will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill the 25-man roster spot vacated by Marte, MLB.com reports. Morel has a .229 batting average across 195 career major league games.
It is unclear how the injury will affect Marte's value as baseball's trade deadline approaches. The Seattle Mariners are said to have expressed significant interest in Marte in hopes the 25-year-old outfielder can help their struggling offense. Marte is batting .255 this season with five home runs in 86 games.
The seven-day disabled list is relatively new. Major League Baseball instituted the list in 2011 specifically so it could mitigate concussions or concussion-like symptoms, thereby reducing the likelihood of long-term brain damage in players.
- Will Green