Starling Marte, the Pittsburgh Pirates star left fielder, was taken out of Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after showing concussion-like symptoms. He slid head first going from first to second, his head colliding directly into the knee of Rays’ second baseman Sean Rodriguez.
Interestingly, Marte would never have even been on base except for a rare call that was made against the Pirates’ Gregory Polanco in the fifth inning.
Marte popped up to Rays’ first baseman James Loney. Polanco was on his way back to first base in an attempt to not be doubled up when he ran into Loney as he was trying to make the catch. As a result Polanco was called out on interference and Marte was awarded first base.
With one out in the fifth, Marte attempted to steal second off of pitcher Chris Archer. Marte dove for the base, connecting with Rodriguez’s knee, as Rodriguez moved to the bag in an attempt to field catcher Jose Molina‘s throw. Marte, who was obviously in pain, had to be helped off the field by trainers and was replaced in the game by Travis Snyder.
No other information, besides the fact that Marte seemingly may have a concussion, has been released on the outfielder’s condition.