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Giancarlo Stanton now doubtful to return Friday


Giancarlo Stanton had been aiming to return to the Marlins’ active roster this Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the National League East-leading Mets, but he told reporters that he didn’t feel 100 percent after his minor league rehab debut on Tuesday afternoon with High-A Jupiter.

MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro says it’s now doubtful the slugger will be able to follow through on his plan.

Stanton has been on the disabled list since June 27 because of a broken hamate bone in his right hand. He had surgery on June 28. There’s really no reason for the 53-79 Marlins to rush him back before he feels like he’s at full strength.

Video: Manny Machado becomes youngest player in Orioles history to reach 100 doubles

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Manny Machado dropped this Drew Smyly pitch into right field Tuesday for his 100th career double

As stated in the headline, Machado is the youngster player in the 115-year history of the Orioles franchise to reach 100 doubles (at 23 years and 57 days old). And he did it on the night the O’s are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played.

Mets will activate Steven Matz this weekend and skip Noah Syndergaard’s next rotation turn

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shares the plan …

Noah Syndergaard will have his start skipped in Miami in order to conserve his innings count. Fellow rookie Steven Matz will fill in on Saturday against the Marlins. The New York Mets then will go to a six-man rotation that includes both pitchers the next turn.

Matz has been sidelined since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle.

The 24-year-old southpaw surrendered just seven hits and two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (two starts) with the Mets before landing on the disabled list. Matz also drove in four runs as a hitter in his debut June 28 against the Reds, becoming the first pitcher to tally four RBI in his first major league appearance.

Syndergaard is at 152 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York. That is 15 innings north of his previous career high and the Mets want him to be 100 percent for the stretch run and postseason.