Just when he was starting to get his swing back, Giancarlo Stanton came up lame trying to leg out an infield hit in extra innings last night; a game which the Marlins did win 4-3 on a Nick Green sacrifice fly.
An MRI was done and the results were negative but the prognosis is looking like about 2-3 weeks, the Miami Herald reports. Joe Mahoney also was placed on the 15 day DL after the game, but his return looks a lot better as his results were not nearly as severe as Stanton’s.
Who will replace them? Brad Hand and Marcell Ozuna were recalled. Ozuna was batting .333 with 5 HRs for the AA Jacksonville Suns and it was in part to his hot bat that he was the first option from that fearsome threesome of OFers to be called up. The other thing is, well, Jake Marisnick and Christian Yelich are only now starting to get healthy and getting some ABs.
In Ozuna, the Marlins will get a sneak peak at another of their young treasures. Jose Fernandez was given the green light to start the season in the rotation, mostly due to the injuries of Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. Injury has also paved the way for Kyle Skipworth to make a brief appearance with the big club.
The Marlins are clearly trying to make the best of a bad situation. They will not rush Yelich and Marisnick, who still need more seasoning and ABs to get healthy. Ozuna, who had injured his right hand in Spring Training, showed with his bat that he was more ready that both Yelich and Marisnick.
Yet getting a callup for Ozuna shows that perhaps the front office is very high on this kid after all. They did have Matt Diaz available at AAA New Orleans who could have provided another veteran bat with some pop.