The Miami Marlins have announced that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been listed as day-to-day after being plunked on the right wrist in the first inning of the team’s game with Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The last thing the Marlins need is another power hitter to take time off from the lineup after the team announced first baseman Justin Bour was place on the disabled late last week.
Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Giancarlo Stanton initially feared the worst, and now the Marlins’ three-time All-Star right fielder is hopeful he’s dodged something more serious.
Stanton was struck on the right wrist by a Trevor Williams fastball in the first inning on in Miami’s 7-6 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.
It is doubtful the Miami Marlins will play Stanton on Sunday. The team has the day off and then begins a series with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday at Marlins Park. The time off will give Stanton a chance to rest and heal a bit. He could be back in the lineup for the start of the series.
“Some weird sensations there,” the 27-year-old said. “My hand going numb. I’m just glad it’s not broken. I thought it was snapped.”
Stanton was plunked by a pitch clocked at 95.3 mph, and he immediately shook his hand in pain. After he reached first base, assistant trainer Mike Kozak and manager Don Mattingly went onto the field to check on him.
“It ballooned up pretty quick,” Mattingly said. “The fact there is no fracture just means there’s going to be no swelling, it’s going to be sore.”
Injuries aren’t new to Stanton, who is one of the most feared power hitters in the game. He missed a good portion of the end of last season with a severe groin injury and has missed time over the past three seasons with various injuries that have taken him out of the Miami Marlins lineup.
Stanton is having an All-Star-caliber season, batting .288 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs. He was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki. Suzuki figures to get the start in the outfield on Sunday.