MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro has the news from Miami:
A timeline has been established as to when Giancarlo Stanton may be back in the Marlins’ lineup. The All-Star right fielder says he is hopeful to be back in about a week and a half, which means unofficially it could be the Sept. 4 series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park.
Stanton broke the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26 and underwent surgery two days later. He’s been taking swings against a pitching machine since early last week and recently added live batting practice to his daily workout routine. “I’m getting my timing and I’m almost to where I want to feel,” the 25-year-old slugger told MLB.com on Tuesday. “I’m feeling good. I’d say I’m still about a week and a half [away].”
Stanton still ranks fifth in the National League in home runs (27) despite being sidelined for two months.
Here’s something you don’t see very often. Recently freed from what he described as “jail” in the minors, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna hit a majestic home run against the Phillies tonight which bounced off the top of the left field foul pole at Marlins Park. That’s right, off the very top. Check it out below:
Giancarlo Stanton would be proud. According to MLB Gameday, the ball had an exit velocity of 110 mph and traveled an estimated distance of 434 feet.
Such a great first part of the season for Giancarlo Stanton, so sad that he’s not been around for the past two months due to hamate bone surgery. But he should be back before the end of the year:
Stanton has 27 homers. Which is still good for fifth in the National League despite playing his last game June 26.
This Phillies, who have been the butt of jokes all year, are no longer the worst team in baseball. Well, technically they’re tied for that dubious distinction. They won last night and the Marlins lost their fifth straight, which puts them both at 43-67, last place in the NL East and tied for last for the league’s worst record and the inside track for the first pick in next year’s draft.
Of course that’s sort of misleading. Philly, as most of you know, has been a completely different baseball team in the second half, going 14-5 since the break. They’re 17-19 since Ryne Sandberg quit and Pete Mackanin took over on June 26.
Miami, meanwhile, is 5-16 since the break and have dropped six of seven since July turned to August. A lot of folks will say “hey, Giancarlo Stanton is out, cut them some slack. Nah. Their worst month was May. Stanton has only been out since June 26. Meanwhile, as we noted earlier this week, they’re also doing fun things like keeping their best healthy outfielder down in the minors for financial reasons, so they don’t get too much benefit of the doubt from this quarter.
This is all the worse given the expectations game. Everyone knew the Phillies would be bad this year. Many folks, however, thought the Marlins would and should challenge for a wild card this year. If you don’t believe me go do a search for “this year’s Royals” and “Miami Marlins.” That was the talking point back in February and March anyway. Even from this quarter.
So, another bummer of a summer in Miami. What else is new?
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had surgery on June 28 to repair a broken hamate bone. The injury timetable was 4-6 weeks, with the further end suggesting a mid-August return for the slugger. But as MLB.com’s Steve Wilaj reports, Stanton said is recovery is “definitely slower” than expected.
Stanton said he’s been hitting balls off of a tee, but still feels pain. He’s swinging “as strong as it allows”.
It sounds like the Marlins, 42-62 entering play Sunday, should expect to get Stanton back towards the end of August, assuming he suffers no more setbacks. Though he no longer qualifies on the leaderboard, Stanton is still tied with Todd Frazier for second in the major leagues with 27 home runs, two behind league leader Bryce Harper. He’s also knocked in 67 runs while batting .265/.346/.606.