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D-backs’ Ketel Marte removed from game as precaution with hamstring tightness

Jun 15, 2022, 4:46 PM | Updated: 5:25 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte (4) scores on a fielders choice hit by Pain Smith during the eigh...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte (4) scores on a fielders choice hit by Pain Smith during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star second baseman Ketel Marte was removed from Wednesday’s 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field.

After Marte came around to score in the bottom of the eighth inning, he told Torey Lovullo that he was feeling tightness in his hamstring.

As a precaution, the D-backs manager elected to not take any chances and replaced him at second base with Jake Hager for the final three outs of the ballgame.

“Ketel felt something I think in his right hamstring, so just for precautionary reasons I decided to get him off the field,” Lovullo told reporters postgame. “That was my decision.

“He walked behind me and said, ‘I felt a little tightness.’ The trainer came over and confirmed it and he could have played but I decided to take him off the field.

Lovullo added that the second baseman will “not be getting any imaging at this point.”

Marte was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored prior to exiting Wednesday afternoon’s game.

Losing the Dominican would be a big loss for the Diamondbacks, as nobody on the team has a better batting average (.269) or OPS (.776) with a minimum of 200 at-bats.

In fact, Marte has been on an absolute tear after his sluggish start to the 2022 season.

Since April 29, the switch-hitter is slashing .336/.405/.555 on 18 doubles, one triple and four home runs.

Marte also drove in 17 runs, walked 16 times and stole two bases across the 40-game span (37 starts).

The D-backs have an off-day Thursday before hosting the Minnesota Twins in the first of a three-game series on Friday at 6:40 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-6, 3.50 ERA) is scheduled to start against Minnesota Devin Smeltzer (3-0, 2.38 ERA).

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds', Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo watches his two run home run take flight during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India (6) bobbles a ground ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho for an error during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo looks towards the plate after giving up a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' center fielder Nick Senzel (15) scores against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a throwing error during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Drury gets up after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen looks down after hitting a hitter during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' manager Torey Lovullo (17) argues a call with home plate umpire Nick Mahrley during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo celebrates his two run home run with Alek Thomas (5) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo celebrates his two run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' Nick Senzel reacts to being hit by a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' TJ Friedl scores on a double hit by Jonathan India during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Drury (22) throws out Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' TJ Friedl reacts to being hit by a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds', Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta (6) motions to his bench after hitting a double as Cincinnati Reds' Mike Moustakas (9) looks on during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' TJ Friedl fields a fly-out hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera, right, tries to score on a fielders choice hit by Josh Rojas during the fifth inning of a baseball game as Cincinnati Reds' catcher Aramis Garcia tag him out, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' TJ Friedl (29) fields a double hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Drury (22) crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws agaisnt the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas walks to the dugout after scoring on a base hit by David Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte (4) scores on a fielders choice hit by Pain Smith during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (77) is pulled from the game during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas scores on a base hit by David Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas scores on a base hit by David Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' catcher Jose Herrera greets relief pitcher Mark Melancon, right after a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Reds 7-4. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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