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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Marlins Injury Update: Giancarlo Stanton to be evaluated Tuesday, could play again

By on 9/14/2014 09:00:00 AM

Miami Marlins superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a terrible injury when he took a fastball to the face in Thursday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers. It appeared early on that he would miss the rest of the season, but Stanton and the Marlins have hopes that he can play a few more games before the season ends on September 28. A Tuesday evaluation could determine if that possibility exists says's Joe Frisaro.

In his Saturday report titled "Stanton Could Return to Marlins This Season," Frisaro explained that Stanton will undergo further evaluation Tuesday when he has the stitches removed from his face. Stanton suffered multiple fractures and loss of a few teeth, but he has already shown enough progress to possibly play in the season's final few games. He most likely will not need surgery.

Frisaro quoted Marlins manager Mike Redmond Saturday discussing the possibility of a return to the lineup.
"Sean [Cunningham] says [Stanton] is feeling much better. He's still sore, obviously. He has more appointments on Tuesday. He should be getting his stitches out on Tuesday. He's in good spirits. He's been watching the games. We'll probably know a little more on Tuesday. For me, knowing G, and the kind of guy he is, he's going to want to come back and play. But we'll see if that's even a possibility."
Sean Cunningham is the Marlins head trainer.

Stanton is in the running for National League Most Valuable Player, and coming back with a strong performance right at the end of the season can enhance his chances of winning the award. Stanton is hitting .288 with 37 HR and 105 RBI in 145 games. These numbers certainly demand very strong MVP consideration -- if not the award. However, he faces stiff competition from Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, who has a record of 18-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 24 starts even after missing most of April to injury.

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