The Miami Marlins are in the midst of a disappointing season that they did not anticipate when they made their free-agent signings.
Although their season is not going as planned, Giancarlo Stanton, a big piece of their future, is hopeful that he will be able to return to the lineup very soon.
Stanton is on track to begin rehab games starting on Wednesday with High-A Jupiter, according to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.
On Saturday, he tweeted:
Giancarlo Stanton said he will start rehab assignment Wednesday at Jupiter. 4 or 5 games. Hopes #Marlins return on homestand starting Aug 10
— joecapozzi (@joecapMARLINS) July 28, 2012
Despite the Marlins' disappointing record (45-54 as of July 27, which puts them 14 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East), the news is still a breath of fresh air for a team that has been reeling in 2012.
A return by Stanton on August 10th might give them new life as they finish out this season.
Stanton's knee problems have been prevalent all season, and the surgery to remove cartilage chips should relieve Stanton of a looming problem going forward. At very least, the Marlins can be optimistic that the future of their franchise is going to have his knee issues behind him for the time being, which will allow him to prosper in the upcoming years.
Stanton had smashed 19 HR and 50 RBI in his first 80 games of the season before having the surgery on July 8th. Last season, he hit an impressive 34 HR in 150 games and has shown that he has some of the best power in the game with his mammoth home runs.
His expected return is a positive for both the Marlins organization and Stanton as he further establishes himself as a premiere young talent in the MLB.