Marte improves, but not in lineup for finale

Speedy outfielder not believed to have concussion despite nasty collision

Marte improves, but not in lineup for finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, who left Tuesday's game against the Rays with concussion-like symptoms, was feeling much better on Wednesday, though he was not in the starting lineup.

"The decision is, we're going to give him a day to slow down," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He cleared the concussive tests this morning.

"The reports back from the hotel were all of a positive fashion. There was nothing negative leading us more toward a concussive state. He showed up back, slept well, feels much better today than he did yesterday."

In the fifth inning of the Pirates' 6-5 win, Marte tried to steal second base and slid headfirst into Tampa Bay second baseman Sean Rodriguez's knee. He was helped off the field and taken out of the game.

Hurdle said Marte also had a swollen right middle finger, which he jammed sliding into the bag on the play.

Marte was listed on the "Available Players" portion of the Pirates' lineup card Wednesday, but Hurdle said he would not appear in the game.

"He's not playing today," Hurdle said.

Marte is batting .260 with five home runs, 27 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 72 games.

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