SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pirates won't be able to add one of the biggest possible boosts to their offense prior to Thursday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline -- although that is merely a coincidental observation.
Left fielder Starling Marte had his first on-field workout Tuesday, the day before he becomes eligible to come off the seven-day concussion list. There is a process for getting confidently activated from such an injury, a slow and deliberate one Marte has just begun.
Marte saw some game action -- even made a start -- after getting beaned by Colorado's Adam Ottavino on July 18, in the first game after the All-Star break. The club diverted him to the concussion list five days later.
"He just had his first full workout," manager Clint Hurdle said before Tuesday's game vs. the Giants. "He shagged balls, took [batting practice], ran the bases. We'll see how he functions through the evening and how he feels tomorrow. Today was a good day to build some momentum."
"I felt fine. More tomorrow," Marte said of his return to the field.
Between injuries and personal issues, Marte has had a trying second full season. He lost his leadoff job even before the arrival of Gregory Polanco and has struck out 95 times in 314 at-bats while batting .255.
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