UPDATE: Thursday, April 18, at 3:10 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Stanton has officially returned to the Marlins' lineup as the team takes on Cincinnati.
Stanton back in #Marlins lineup at Reds: Coghlan 7, Valaika 6, Stanton 9, Polanco 5, Dobbs 3, Ruggiano 8, Brantly 2, Solano 4, Fernandez 1— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) April 18, 2013
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Plan is for @giancarlo818 to play tomorrow in cincinnati, giancarlo just said— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 17, 2013
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Stanton has struggled to start the 2013 season, recording just five hits in 30 at-bats through the Marlins' first nine games coming into Friday's series opener against the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies in South Florida.
He's struck out 12 times and still has yet to record a single home run or RBI this year.
The 23-year-old is also struggling in the field in comparison to past seasons, currently posting a career-worst .955 fielding percentage this year.
Stanton, who was scheduled to participate in the 2012 Home Run Derby before undergoing knee surgery last summer, has played the past three seasons with the Marlins, recording 93 home runs and 232 RBI since 2010. His 37 homers last season were second-most in the National League behind Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.
Though it remains to be seen how much time Stanton's sore shoulder will cause him to miss, he'll certainly be expected to battle back as he has dealt with several injuries in the past. But Stanton has been healthy for the most part since entering the majors, playing in at least 100 regular-season games in each of the past three seasons.
Given Miami's early-season struggles, the Marlins will be looking to get Stanton back into the lineup as soon as possible. At 1-8, the Marlins sport the worst record in baseball just two weeks into the season.
They've dropped five straight coming into Friday's matchup against Philadelphia.
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