Marlins Playoff Hunt In Jeopardy As Stanton Likely Out For Season With Injury
- Updated: August 15, 2016
The Miami Marlins took a big blow to their playoff hunt as their star player Giancarlo Stanton suffered a Grade 3 groin strain which most likely will end his season as he will miss at least six weeks.
On Saturday during the 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox, the Marlins power hitter was down after attempting to stretch a single into a double.
After hitting a short fly ball to shallow right center fielder, he dashed to second base after the ball skipped away from outfielder Adam Eaton. But Stanton stopped in mid-sprint as the ball reach second and made a head first lunge toward the bag then fell on his back and was unable to move.
With the Marlins only a .5 game out of the Wild Card race, the Stanton injury may change the outcome of the rest of the season, and manager Don Mattingly knows it will take a team effort to overcome this major blow.
“It means we’ve got to find another way to win, simple as that,” Mattingly told the media after the game on Saturday. “We did it early in the year. Giancarlo early in the year was not really contributing, and he wasn’t swinging well, but we were able to sustain. I think that’s really what we have to do.”
Prior to the injury Stanton was batting .244, with 25 home runs, and 70 RBIs. Now the Marlins may set their site on Alex Rodriguez who was recently released by the New York Yankees or they may have a few choices with Carlos Gomez , who was recently designated for assignment by the Houston Astros or Yasiel Puig, who the Los Angeles Dodgers recently sent to the minors. At least out of the three, Mattingly has history managing Puig. But the hometown hero Rodriguez, may be the one to get the call.
“I like Alex. I’ve always liked Alex,” Mattingly told the media before Saturday game against the White Sox. “He’s always one of those guys that played hard, never afraid of the field. Always wanted to play. Every day, you didn’t have to go look for him to play. He wanted to play.”
A developing story that is sure to make the rest of the Marlins season one to watch.
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