Pittsburgh Pirates - PlayerWatch


4:36 AM EDT, July 24, 2014


LF Starling Marte was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list prior to Wednesday's night 6-1 victory over the Dodgers. Marte was hit in the head by a pitch from Colorado RHP Adam Ottavino last Friday, sat out games Saturday and Sunday, played Monday night against the Dodgers, then did not play Tuesday night. Marte originally passed concussion protocols Monday but failed them Wednesday night. There is no timetable for his return.

INF Brett Morel was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take LF Starling Marte's roster spot and had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning. Morel, 27, was hitting .246 with three home runs in 73 games with Indianapolis. He had one at bat with the Pirates earlier this season and struck out.

INF Clint Barmes jogged Wednesday for the first time since being placed on the DL on July 6 with a strained left groin. He has been hitting off a tee and is expected to begin taking live batting practice sometime next week.

LHP Francisco Liriano (2-7) notched just his second win of the season in 17 outings as he held the Dodgers to one run and four hits in seven innings. His only other win this year also was against the Dodgers on May 30 when he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings at Los Angeles.

2B Neil Walker's six-game hitting streak ended as he went 0-for-3 with a walk. He hit .478 (11-for-23) during the streak.

RHP Charlie Morton (5-9, 3.28) will start Friday night at Colorado in the opener of a three-game series. Morton faced the Rockies in his previous start last Saturday and did not factor in the decision after allowing two runs in seven innings in a game the Pirates won 3-2 in 11 innings at Pittsburgh. He is 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA against the Rockies in five career starts.

RHP Gerrit Cole (tight right lat) threw 70 pitches in a simulated game July 23 after originally being scheduled for 60. He has been sidelined since July 5. "I didn't ask to throw more. They just kept letting me go," Cole said. "It was a little rusty in some areas, but it got better as it went on."

3B Pedro Alvarez was not in the lineup after leaving Tuesday night's game following the fourth inning because of left knee discomfort. He is listed as day to day. Alvarez was injured coming out of the batter's box after hitting a double.