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Starling Marte Returns to Lineup After DL Stint

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder Starling Marte has been activated off the 15-day disabled list today and will make his return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Chicago CubsStarling Marte

The Pirates placed the 23-year-old, who homered on the first Major League pitch he saw, on the DL on August 19 (19 days ago) with a strained oblique.

He began his rehab assignment on Tuesday with the State College Spikes. He went hitless with three strikeouts in five at bats as the designated hitter, but went 2-for-7 with a walk in two games with AAA-Indianapolis.

In 95 at bats in the big leagues this season (23 games), Marte is hitting .253 with four home runs and four stolen bases. He has struck out 24 times with just three walks.

In AAA this year, Marte accumulated a .286 average with 21 stolen bases, 12 home runs and a triple slash line of .286/.347/.500.

Last season, Marte won the Eastern League (AA) batting title with a .332 average in 572 at bats. He also hit 12 home runs.

Marte will play left field and bat second behind lead-off man Brock Holt tonight for the Pirates.

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