Miami Marlins outfielder Starling Marte will be absent for at least a week after being diagnosed with a broken left rib.
The Marlins said Monday that an MRI scan found a non-displaced fracture in Marte’s 12th rib. It will be re-evaluated in five to seven days.
Marte sustained the injury when he struck in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. He tried to convince manager Don Mattingly that he should continue the attack but was denied.
The Marlins will miss Marte, who has beaten .316 in 15 games with two homers, eight RBIs and three steals this season.
“I mean, he’s a big part of what we do,” Mattingly said. “He’s that guy, that tooth on offense, defense, on the bases. Obviously you see what happened last year when he was injured. You’re not really replacing that. We have no replacing.”
The 32-year-old Marte is in his first full season with the Marlins. It was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks at close of trading last season.
Marte spent his first seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has a career average of .287 with 116 homers, 455 RBIs and 252 steals in 1,029 major league games.
Marte is a two-time gold glove winner and a member of the All-Star-Team of the National League 2016.
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