The Miami Marlins took a surprising Game 1 Wild Card Series victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, but their win was not without a little bit of bad news.
Star outfielder Starling Marte, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks back in July, was struck on the hand with a pitch in the ninth inning of the game and has suffered a fracture of his left hand.
Marte, who went 2 for 4 with a double, a single, and a run in yesterday’s game, was plunked by Cubs reliever Dan Winkler with a 92 mile per hour fastball. He immediately exited the game after slamming his helmet on the ground in pain and frustration.
After the game, the team announced that he has suffered a non-displaced fifth metacarpal fracture in his left hand. While this injury would normally require time to be missed, there is reportedly some hope that Marte will be able to continue playing through the injury.
Marte, who batted .281 with 6 home runs and 27 RBI this season, is a crucial part of Miami’s lineup and is a necessary piece for the team if they want to advance past the Cubs and further into the playoffs.
Miami fans will hold their breath and hope that their center fielder is able to push through the pain.