Marte leaves game with injury; Alvarez shaken

Marte leaves game with injury; Alvarez shaken

Marte leaves game with injury; Alvarez shaken

DENVER -- Pirates left fielder Starling Marte walked through the visitor's clubhouse at Coors Field on Saturday night with a badly bruised left hand but good news to share.

Marte, struck by a 91-mph fastball on his left hand in the top of the seventh, confirmed that X-rays were negative and revealed nothing more than a contusion, and he is listed as day-to-day. He said the ball did not jam between his hand and the bat, making full contact with his hand.

Marte crumpled to the ground in pain immediately after the pitch from reliever Josh Outman pegged him. Alex Presley came in as a pinch-runner after Marte left the game.

The injury comes just as Marte's bat was heating up. He entered Saturday's game with a hit in six consecutive at-bats but was 0-for-2 with a walk and the hit by pitch before he left the game.

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez also appeared to injure his left hand in the sixth inning. Alvarez looked to be in pain after he attempted to tag out Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler as Fowler tried to slide into third base in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"He caught a spike on his index finger on his glove hand," manager Clint Hurdle said. "But he was able to stay in the game, and he took swings and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Fowler was trying to make it from first to third on a Corey Dickerson single and was tagged well ahead of the base. But Fowler's spikes pushed the ball out of Alvarez's glove and toward the Pirates' dugout, allowing Fowler to score. The play was ruled an error on Alvarez.

However, Alvarez remained in the game and wore a light wrap on his left index finger after the game.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.