Mike Stanton left yesterday’s game with a strained right quadriceps muscle and told reporters this afternoon that he expects to miss “at least two weeks.”
Manager Edwin Rodriguez told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Marlins’ training staff is “going to wait two or three more days” before re-evaluating Stanton’s status, with Frisaro writing that “the team is being extra cautious.”
Expectations are extremely high for Stanton after he bashed 43 homers between the minors and majors last season, including 22 homers in 100 games for the Marlins as a 20-year-old rookie who skipped Triple-A.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.