"He's getting closer. He's right on the edge of coming back," said manager Clint Hurdle. "His throwing has improved, and the bat is getting closer. We could use him off the bench [Thursday night against the Giants]. He definitely can pinch-run and play defense."
Jose Tabata, himself sidelined Wednesday with a touch of tendinitis in his left knee, played left and batted leadoff against San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain.
In the first three starts missed by Marte -- whose 133 hits from the leadoff spot lead the National League -- three different players in the one-hole had combined to go 1-for-11 and score one run.