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Starling Marte looks to spark Pirates in his return

Starling Marte looks to play for the first time since April 17, after returning from an 80-game suspension. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is eligible to return from his 80-game suspension for PED use on Tuesday. This is great news for the Pirates, who entered Monday's action seven games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central race.

Despite playing just 13 games before his suspension, Marte has been one of the best players at the plate and in the field for Pittsburgh.

He was one of two MLB players with at least 30 steals each of the previous four seasons (2013-16), joining Jose Altuve. He leads all Pirates offensive players in WAR, batting average, and stolen bases the past two seasons.

Over that same span, he ranks third in defensive runs saved among outfielders. Marte led the majors in defensive runs saved by left fielders last season with 19.

Marte has won the Gold Glove award each of the past two seasons. The last Pirates player other than Marte to win a Gold Glove was Andrew McCutchen in 2012. The last Pirates players to win back-to-back Gold Gloves were Barry Bonds (1990-92) and Andy Van Slyke (1988-92).