Knee injury puts Giancarlo Stanton’s status for Opening Day in doubt

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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.