PITTSBURGH – The full-speed collision between Pittsburgh Pirates center center Starling Marte and Erik Gonzalez in the field on Friday night sent both players to the injured list.
Gonzalez will miss at least two months after being placed on the list of injured collarbone fractures, while Marte will be absent for at least 10 days to recover from bruises to the abdominal wall and right quadriceps.
The two players were injured when they crossed paths trying to cut San Francisco's Yangervis Solarte in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 4-1 win on Friday night. Neither one nor the other seemed to see each other. The ball was released after the collision. Gonzalez was able to leave the field, but Marte left as a precaution in a cart.
Pirate Sports Medicine Director Todd Tomczyk said Marte was running at 25 mph and Gonzalez at 19 mph at the moment of impact.
The team has not set an immediate schedule for the return of either player, but Tomczyk said the two players would be back this season. Tomczyk has described Gonzalez's fracture as "stable," which means he probably will not need surgery.
Marte is the third member of the Pittsburgh off-field team to be on the wounded list. The right field player, Gregory Polanco, is still recovering from an operation in the shoulder last fall and left field player Corey Dickerson has a straightened right shoulder. T
The Pirates called Cole Tucker and Bryan Reynolds of Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Gonzalez and Marte. Pittsburgh's first-round pick in 2014, 22-year-old Tucker hits .333 with three home runs, seven RBIs and five steals for Indianapolis. He made his debut in the majors on Saturday against Derek Holland of San Francisco.
Reynolds hit .357 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games at Triple-A. He started in the middle pack at Marte's place and finished fifth for the Pirates against the Giants, who sent Reynolds to Pittsburgh in January 2018 as part of the deal with Andrew McCutchen.