Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton at the plate against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Giancarlo Stanton Hoping To Be Ready For Opening Day

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is having knee problems, but he's still targeting early April for his return.

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Giancarlo Stanton's Knee Problems Lingering

Giancarlo Stanton is one of the most exciting young players in recent memory, which is why the nation is devastated that he could miss Opening Day. Well, the nation should be. I'll bet the trending topics on Twitter are something about Beyonce or Adele right now, but there should really be something about Giancarlo Stanton's knee. The guy might miss Opening Day, people!

From the Palm Beach Post:

"It’s kind of tough to make sure your legs are in shape without being able to run."

Asked if he had a level of concern in terms of being ready April 4, Stanton said: "It’s a strong topic. Everybody needs at-bats…"

But Stanton is healthy enough to take batting practice every day, likely scaring the hell out of some poor older man whose life is being guaranteed by some wimpy mesh screen. And the most important part of the article might be with the reminder towards the end.

Last spring, he played in just six Grapefruit League games because of leg issues, going 7-for-18 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI.

He went on to lead to the Marlins with 34 home runs and 87 RBI.

Stanton will play through discomfort. Just not in the Grapefruit League. Makes sense. Get better, Giancarlo. The nation turns its lonely eyes to you.


Giancarlo Stanton Injury: Marlins Slugger Out With Left Knee Inflammation

The Miami Marlins are looking forward to slugger Giancarlo Stanton taking aim at the home-run structure in left-center field at Marlins Park. Maybe he’ll hit a ball into it and it will burst into fireworks like the light tower did in “The Natural”!

Or not. Anyway, now the Marlins are simply hoping that Stanton will be healthy for the start of the regular season. Manny Navarro:

The Marlins starting left fielder and clean-up hitter said Friday an MRI performed Wednesday revealed “a little bit of inflammation in his left knee” and he’ll wait a couple days before being reevaluated.

This can’t be good. The article goes on to say that Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen “hopes” to have his entire lineup “ready to go” by March 24 — that’s a week from Saturday, so that still gives Stanton time to rest up and be ready. But:

Asked if he thought he would be back by then, Stanton said: “We’re working towards it.”

“It all depends on how it responds. I’m trying to get there,” he said.

Navarro reports that Stanton had played through some left knee issues during 2011, which didn’t stop him from hitting .262/.356/.537 with 34 home runs. Pretty good if you’re healthy, very good if you’re playing through pain.

As always, we await further developments.


Giancarlo Stanton Injury Not Serious; Slugger Day-To-Day

There's a lot of excitement around the Miami Marlins. New name! New look! New stadium! New manager! New players! Perhaps their most exciting element, though, is an old player, who is a young player with a new name of his own. Giancarlo Stanton is 22 years old, and he has a career 132 OPS+. He's one of the league's most terrifying sluggers.

So the Marlins got a scare when Stanton was hit on the wrist by a pitch Sunday. Wrist injuries can be devastating for power hitters, and the Marlins held their breath as Stanton was sent for tests. Thankfully, the tests were positive, by which I mean they were negative.

Clark Spencer:

Stanton, who led the Marlins with 34 home runs last season, was hit by a pitch on Sunday in the Marlins' rain-shortened win over the New York Mets. Stanton was moving his hand and wrist afterward as he dressed, and X-rays came back negative.

And more:

While X-rays were negative on Giancarlo Stanton's left wrist after being struck by a pitch on Sunday, Guillen said he'll likely keep the slugger out of the lineup for a couple of more days.

The expectation is that Stanton should be just fine and all ready to go by opening day. Which would be fantastic, because the Marlins open their new ballpark April 4, and somebody needs to set off the mechanical flamingos.


Giancarlo Stanton Injury: Miami Marlins' OF Hit On Wrist, Taken For X-Rays

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton went for X-rays Sunday after he was hit on his wrist by a pitch.

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