Marte took early batting practice before Friday's opener vs. the Cubs to test whether he could swing the bat. It obviously did not go too well, as he was out of the starting lineup.
Marte has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since coming off the 7-day concussion disabled list on Aug. 5. In 34 games since then, he is hitting .362/.426/.598 with 17 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs.
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