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Pirates' Starling Marte leaves in 3rd inning with tightness in back

MILWAUKEE -- Starling Marte, making his first start since returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates following a 16-game absence caused by lower back discomfort, left with back tightness in Thursday night's 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Marte, who singled to center in his first at-bat Thursday, grabbed his lower back after fouling off a pitch from Brewers starter Chase Anderson in the third inning.

Manager Clint Hurdle and trainer Todd Tomczyk stood with Marte near home plate as he slowly walked in a circle. After a few moments, the trio headed to the Pirates' dugout, and the Pirates later announced his injury.

"If you saw the game, you saw the swings in the middle of the at-bat,'' Hurdle said in describing Marte's two plate appearances. "Those swings just aren't going to play."

Matt Joyce pinch hit for Marte and flied out on a 1-2 pitch.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.