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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Marlins Injury Update: Giancarlo Stanton officially out for season


By on 9/17/2014 07:00:00 PM

After speculation that Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton might return to the lineup before the season ends, two reputable sources confirm that Stanton's return will not happen. Juan C. Rodriguez of Miami's Sun Sentinel and Dayn Perry of CBS Sports.com both announced Wednesday afternoon that the Marlins have shut Stanton down for the remainder of the season, which ends on September 28.

In his late Tuesday afternoon update, Perry says that the Marlins expect Stanton to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training in February.



Stanton suffered several lacerations and fractures in his face when the 88-mph fastball from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers hit him as the video shows. According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro Monday night, Stanton also had some tooth problems and needed plastic surgery. Frisaro says that the Marlins hope that Stanton can get some pinch-hit at bats in the Instructional League, which ends in early October.

Even though he will not play any more in the regular season, Stanton still has a terrific chance at winning the National League Most Valuable Player award. He has a line of .288/.395/.555 with 37 HR, 105 RBI, and 6.4 WAR in 145 games. Frisaro noted that Stanton has a chance at making team history. He writes:
"No Marlins player has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, home run title or RBI title. Stanton had a chance to accomplish all three this season."
As of this report, Stanton now trails Adrian Gonzalez by one RBI, so that title is gone. He still leads Anthony Rizzo by six home runs, and he has very stiff competition in Clayton Kershaw for MVP.

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