Diamondbacks News: Ketel Marte Done for the Season

Jun 27, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte (4) scores a run against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports

As teams are eliminated from postseason contention, more and more are choosing to rest star players or give them a head start on recovering from minor injuries in the offseason. The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t mathematically eliminated yet, but they went that route Friday with shortstop Ketel Marte, who has been one of the 2019 season’s breakout stars.

Marte, a first-time All-Star who is batting .329 with a league-leading 187 hits, suffered a stress reaction in his back, the team announced.

Instead of pushing him through the final nine days of the regular season, Arizona will give Marte’s back rest. He’ll have the offseason to rehab and be ready for Spring Training.

Sense of disappointment

In many ways, the Diamondbacks would have liked Marte to finish his breakout season. He had 32 home runs and 92 RBIs. Reaching milestones of 35 homers, 100 RBIs and 200 hits were all attainable.

“You can’t measure my level of disappointment because he was such an important player to this team, this organization,” D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo said, according to the Associated Press. “That’s obvious. But what I’ll focus on is what he meant to this team, the development that he showed over the course of this year. That’s all I can look at right now. He was a special player, he was a special man, and it’s a special story. We’re going to remember the year he had because of what he went out there and accomplished.”

Also, Arizona isn’t technically eliminated yet. They trail the Milwaukee Brewers by 5 games for the second wild-card in the NL, though with four teams between the D-Backs and Brewers, making up that ground is near impossible.

The future is bright

Marte is in the first year of a multi-year contract extension with the Diamondbacks, and he did not disappoint. He was the secondary piece, after pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, when Arizona traded with the Seattle Mariners for Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.

But with Segura onto Philadelphia, Haniger injured and Walker waylaid by injury and ineffectiveness, Marte has turned into the star of the bunch.

He’ll be ready for spring training in 2020 with an eye on more success.

Written by GMS staff report

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