After suffering a non-displaced fracture on his left pinkie in Game 1 of the Wild Card, Marlins center fielder Starling Marte is not in the lineup for Game 2. But while Marte’s injury seems bad, it may not be the worst-case scenario.
Marte’s injury came late in the ninth inning, as a fastball from Cubs reliever Dan Winkler hit the 31-year-old. He was then taken to the clubhouse tunnel and underwent X-rays in his hand. Fortunately, the Marlins were able to close out a 5-1 victory behind Marte’s two hits in four at-bats.
Since being acquired by Miami at the trade deadline, Marte has been hit plenty of times. In the regular-season finale, he was hit on the front of his helmet by a fastball, leading to a left ear contusion.
“Star has been hit, I think, three times on that hand since we acquired him, and then he gets hit in the head the other day,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s been like a target almost. But he’s been bouncing back from everything else, so hopefully we get good results with everything and we’ll see where he’s at.”
Starling Marte was the only player in the majors to play in 61 games during the regular season. And he was efficient, earning a .281 ERA, hitting six home runs with 27 RBI’s.
Currently, he’s been listed as day-to-day. He’s not included in the Marlins’ lineup for Game 2 on Thursday, as Magneuris Sierra will start at center field.
However, the club is optimistic that Marte could continue playing through the injury, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Sierra got his fair share of play during the 2020 regular season, recording a .250 ERA with 11 hits and 7 RBI’s.