One of the most consistent hitters in baseball over the past four-plus season, Starling Marte will now be missing from the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup for the next 80 games. Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that it has suspended the talented outfielder for 80 games after he violated the league's policy against performance enhancing drugs (PED's).
Marte was hittting .241 with two homers and seven RBI in 13 games this season when the announcement was made. The All-Star is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him hit .311 with nine homers, 46 RBI and 48 extra-base hits. He also earned his second consecutive Gold Glove, which will surely impact Pittsburgh's pitching staff.
With Marte suspended, expect Adam Frazier to play a full-time role. Frazier is off to a hot start, He's hitting .308 on the season. There's also a possibility that top prospect Austin Meadows will be called up. Though, he's off to an incredibly slow start in Triple-A.