(photo by John Lembo) The Pirates said all spring Starling Marte was not breaking camp with the big club.
Sunday, they proved it, as the 23-year-old was among five Pirates sent to the team's Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis.
"We want a complete package when he gets up here, and he still has some work to do," manager Clint Hurdle said Friday after Marte homered and singled against the Phillies' Cliff Lee.
Marte batted .520 (13 for 25) in 12 games this spring, with three home runs and two stolen bases. He led the Eastern League with a .332 average last year while with the Pirates' Double-A team in Altoona, and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitchers Bryan Morris, Justin Wilson and Kyle McPherson were also assigned to Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Pirates face the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. today in Fort Myers and are off Monday. They play the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in Tampa before returning to Bradenton on Wednesday to host the Boston Red Sox.