Marte exits early with discomfort in left hand

Marte exits early with discomfort in left hand

ST. LOUIS -- Left fielder Starling Marte left Wednesday night's game, a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals, in the third inning with an injury to his left hand.

A subsequent announcement by the club attributed Marte's departure to "discomfort in the left hand" and noted he was "receiving treatment and being evaluated."

Marte was not available for comment after the game. Manager Clint Hurdle described the condition as "recurring."

"It originally happened [on Tuesday] night; he felt a twinge," Hurdle said. "It's a weird kind of thing. It doesn't show up all the time, but it showed up tonight, repeatedly."

Marte did not take the field at the start of the third, two innings after aggravating the discomfort while fouling off a pitch from Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. Sean Rodriguez replaced Marte in left.

Marte indicated discomfort in the hand after hitting an opposite-field foul in the top of the first. Assistant trainer Ben Potenziano checked him out, with Hurdle looking on, then Marte finished the at-bat, fouling out to first base.

Marte shaken up on swing

He remained in the game and made the last out in the top of the third, again hitting an opposite-field popup.

"We'll have him re-examined [on Thursday]," Hurdle said.

General manager Neal Huntington was made aware of Marte's status and will pay close attention to the diagnosis to see whether a roster move will have to be made.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.