Mariners’ prospect Marte breaks thumb, out six weeks

Ketel Marte, perhaps on the cusp of a call-up to the Mariners, will be sidelined a while with a new injury. 

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Some assumed the Seattle Mariners were close to promoting shortstop prospect Ketel Marte from Triple-A to the Major Leagues, but that supposed plan has hit a snag.

As Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reported on Monday via Twitter, the 21-year-old Marte suffered a broken left thumb and won’t be doing anything in terms of baseball activities for a while:

With the Mariners’ offense sagging and the shortstop position something of a black hole (with Chris Taylor recently being sent down and Brad Miller being moved all around the diamond), talk had begun to brew regarding a potential Marte promotion.

As Lookout Landing mentioned, Marte (hitting .343/.394/.434 with Triple-A Tacoma) may also have been one of the Mariners’ most valuable trade chips for a potential deal. With him now expected out until at least mid-July, however, it’s anyone’s guess whether or not that is still an accurate assessment. 

(h/t Lookout Landing