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Pirates Gold Glove CF Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PED

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after a positive PED test, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Pirates OF Starling Marte suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance.

— MLB (@MLB) April 18, 2017

In 13 games this season, Marte is hitting .241/.288/.370 with a double, two homers and seven RBI. During the offseason, the Pirates moved Marte a two-time Gold Glove winner from left field to center field, with Andrew McCutchen shifting from center to right field and Gregory Polanco from right to left. It remains to be seen how Pittsburgh will replace Marte and how its will configure its outfield.

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#Pirates top outfield prospect Austin Meadows, the logical replacement for Marte, off to slow start at Triple A: .162/.220/.270 in 41 PAs.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 18, 2017

And the ramifications could extend far beyond the 80-game ban, which begins immediately:

Remember: Marte will be ineligible for postseason if #Pirates qualify -- and that possibility takes a major hit with his suspension.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 18, 2017

Marte, 28, made his first All-Star team in 2016, when he hit .311/.362/.456 with 34 doubles, five triples, nine homers, 46 RBI and 47 stolen bases.

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