Updates from Thursday, June 19
Giancarlo Stanton has returned to the Marlins lineup one day after exiting with a wrist injury. Via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel:
The Miami Marlins have been a pleasant surprise in the National League East thus far, thanks in large part to Giancarlo Stanton's league-leading 20 homers and 57 RBI.
Unfortunately, the Marlins may have to do without Stanton's potent bat, as the team announced he left Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs with a wrist injury:
.@Giancarlo818 left today's game with a left wrist contusion. He's listed as day-to-day.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) June 18, 2014
However, the injury is not expected to keep Stanton out of the lineup, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:
Stanton wrist injury not believed to be serious, expected to play tomorrow. #marlins— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) June 18, 2014
Stanton also discussed the injury following the game, via Joe Frisaro and Maria Torres of MLB.com:
"It was just getting tighter and tighter," Stanton said. "Even on my first swing, I hurt it a little bit. It will be fine. I'll be there tomorrow."
"I wasn't too concerned [after that homer], but as the game went along, it looked like maybe [his wrist] was continuing to get a little bit sore," Redmond said.
Though Stanton's left hand was swollen after the game, he shouldn't need any tests. The slugger should be good to go on Thursday if he has no issues during batting practice.
"It didn't feel too bad on contact," Stanton said. "Swings and misses were when they hurt a lot."
Of course, before Stanton got hurt he hit that 20th homer. He's been the face of the Marlins franchise basically from the moment he arrived in 2010 and has elevated his game to another level this season.
The 24-year-old is on pace to set career highs in batting average, on-base percentage, doubles, homers and RBI. His 3.8 FanGraphs' Wins Above Replacement is second in the NL behind Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki.
It's hard for one player to make or break an MLB team, but few players boast Stanton's ability with the bat. He's having a superstar season, vying for an MVP and doing it for a team competing for a playoff spot.
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