Giancarlo Stanton’s wrist is no longer an issue after being hit by a pitch on March 11, but he remains out of the lineup with knee soreness that hasn’t gotten any better in a week.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins believe Stanton would play if Opening Day was tomorrow, but the 22-year-old right fielder seemed less confident when asked about his chances, saying: “It’s kind of tough to make sure your legs are in shape without being able to run.”
Stanton appeared in just four spring games before the wrist and knee problems, but he’s been taking batting practice while waiting for the swelling in his knee to subside. Capozzi notes that he was limited to just seven games last spring because of quadriceps and hamstring issues, and then went on to play 150 games while hitting .262 with 34 homers and an .893 OPS.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.