On Wednesday, it became officially official: Josh Bell and Starling Marte have played their final games of the 2019 season.
Neither Bell’s (left groin) nor Marte's (left wrist) ailments are serious long-term, but Pirates Director of Sports Medicine TomTomczyk said those players simply ran out of days to return.
Tomczyk told Bell the news shortly before meeting with reporters, and Bell asked one more time if Tomczyk was certain that he cannot play again this season.
"He [was] still fighting it to the last minute," Tomczyk told reporters at PNC Park.
Other notes from Tomczyk's meeting:
• Elias Diaz's right knee sprain that he sustained Saturday against the Brewers would normally keep a player out for up to two weeks, so his season is complete. No long-term consequences.
• Cole Tucker's season has also come to an end. He sustained a left knee strain batting in Milwaukee on Sunday. After that game, he was seen in the locker room with ice wrapped around his knee.
The Pirates anticipate a full recovery and for Tucker to have "as close to a normal offseason" as possible.
• No surgery is needed for those four or for any others.
• Melky Cabrera has been battling a right thumb injury which came from the wear and tear of a year-long season. He has been in a limited role of late and will continue to be down the stretch.
• Chad Kuhl and Edgar Santana, both recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched their scheduled sim games this past week. Both will finish their work at the Pirates' instructional league facility and head home over the coming days.
• Gregory Polanco received the third of his three scheduled PRP shots for the inflammation in his left shoulder.
• Personally, I'm starting to think Lonnie Chisenhall might not play this year.