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Ketel Marte (back) to have MRI

Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tosses his bat after striking out to end the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Diamondbacks star Ketel Marte had to leave last night’s game against the Marlins with back stiffness. Today he’s going to have an MRI. The club is calling it “precautionary.”

While the Dbacks remain on the far fringes of the NL Wild Card race, the biggest impact of Marte missing time would be on the NL MVP race. Marte is definitely in that conversation, having hit .329/.389/.592 with 32 home runs, 92 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 97 runs this season, all while playing excellent defense at multiple positions.

Marte, along with Cody Bellinger, Anthony Rendon and the done-for-the-season Christian Yelich, will all receive lots of votes.

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