Pirates activate Starling Marte from the concussion DL
.@Pirates reinstate OF Starling Marte from 7-day concussion DL; place 3B Pedro Alvarez on bereavement list.
— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) August 5, 2014
Marte wound up missing a little under two weeks with a concussion. He was 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts on his three-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and owns a weak .255/.328/.385 batting line in 87 games this season at the major league level. The Pirates need him to be much more of a spark down the stretch as they try to stay in contention through Andrew McCutchen’s recent rib injury.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declined to offer specifics about the Alvarez move on Tuesday afternoon.