Giancarlo Stanton expected to miss the rest of the season with a strained groin

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a strained left groin on the final play of Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the White Sox. The MRI showed the strain to be “serious,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports — serious enough that manager Don Mattingly expects Stanton to miss the rest of the season. The club has placed him and teammate Adam Conley (sore hand) on the 15-day disabled list, Frisaro reports.

Facing closer David Robertson with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning, Stanton hit a pop fly to shallow right-center. Adam Eaton charged in and attempted to make a sliding grab, but it bounced off of him. Stanton attempted to take second base on the play but appeared to suffer his injury about 10 feet from the bag and he was tagged out for the final out of the game.

The Marlins entered play Sunday at 60-56, 8.5 games behind the first-place Nationals and a half-game out of the second National League Wild Card slot. Needless to say, losing Stanton will hamper their playoff hopes.

Stanton, 26, is hitting .244/.329/.496 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI in 432 plate appearances this season. The slugger’s absence will mean regular playing time for Ichiro Suzuki.