Giancarlo Stanton set to return Saturday, participate in All-Star Game festivities

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Good news for the Marlins. And, well, for those who were hoping to see Giancarlo Stanton hit some bombs next week at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Stanton plans to return to the Marlins’ starting lineup tomorrow night against the Cardinals. The 22-year-old slugger has been sidelined since Monday due to right knee soreness, but he felt good after going through a 30-minute workout prior to tonight’s game.

Stanton will eventually need surgery to remove a loose body from his knee, but he hopes to put it off until the offseason.

“It just feels weird but it’s not restricting at the moment. Obviously it’s bouncing around in there. But I’ll play tomorrow,” he said.

“It has gotten better each day which I did not think it would.”

Assuming Stanton makes it through the weekend without any setbacks, he should be good to go for Monday’s Home Run Derby and Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.