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Andy Marte has a monster night in PCL playoffs…but may be injured – UPDATE: He separated his shoulder


UPDATE:  Andy Marte separated his shoulder in Salt Lake’s win last night. An MRI scheduled 9/6 will reveal the severity of the injury, but it looks like he’s out of Game 3 at Las Vegas.  At one point his shoulder had to be popped back into place.  In any event, it doesn’t sound good…if Marte does play again this season, he’ll be playing in pain.  This is horrible news not only for Salt Lake’s title hopes, but Marte’s prospects of a September call-up to the Angels.  Stay tuned.  

Word is the shoulder had already been injured earlier in the game, and was aggravated further when Marte slid head first into home in the bottom of the ninth on a sac-fly to win Game 2 in walk off fashion for Salt Lake.  Talk about laying it all on the line for his team…Marte very well may have cost himself a return to the Majors to help his Triple-A teammates last night.

On 9/5 Salt Lake pulled ahead of Las Vegas 2-0 in their best-of-five opening round PCL playoff series.  Salt Lake’s best hitter, former Revolution third baseman Andy Marte, continued his torrid pace.

He went 4-for-5 in the game, with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored.  In the bottom of the ninth, he tagged up on a sac and scored the winning run for the 5-4 victory.  Salt Lake took the first two games at home, and now just need one win over the weekend in Vegas to take the series. However, Marte was apparently slow to get up after sliding into home head first to win the game.

Marte hit .444 in the first two games of this series, to go along with his .362 average, six homers and 18 driven in the 26 regular season games he played in Triple-A after the Angels purchased his contract from York.  Even with the parent club out of contention, he’s earned a September call-up once the PCL postseason is over, hasn’t he?  One would hope so.

Here’s the game recap, not much more detail is available, hopefully he’s okay:

-Paul Braverman


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