According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton is nearing a return after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand back on June 26.
Stanton is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter on Tuesday, but inclement weather in the area could factor in to the exact date of his return. Monday’s game has already been postponed against Fort Myers, but if he can play Tuesday and get some at-bats with everything going according to plan and no setbacks, Stanton could be back in the Majors on Friday when the Marlins begin a series with the NL East-leading New York Mets.
“Hopefully, he can have some at-bats, test his wrist and see where he is,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings told reporters following Miami’s series in Washington.
Stanton has been on the DL since June 27 and had surgery on June 28. Before going on the DL, Stanton was had a slash line of .265/.346/.606 with 27 home runs and 67 RBI in 318 plate appearances. He was also the National League Player of the Month in June.
The plan at first according to Stanton was to not play in any rehab games at the Minor League level, but because he hasn’t played in a game in over two months, he agreed to join the Marlins Minor League affiliate to get some game action under his belt as he makes his comeback from the DL.
The Marlins season hasn’t necessarily gone according to plan as they are in the cellar of the NL East at 52-79 entering Monday, but getting Stanton back is good for baseball in general. When he is going good, Stanton is one of the most exciting players to watch and to see him hit the ball as far as he does is quite a spectacle.