Giancarlo Stanton has a Grade 2 hamstring strain that will keep him out of the Marlins’ lineup for at least a few weeks, and that’s in a “best-case scenario.” A more likely prognosis: at least a month.
Stanton underwent a MRI on Tuesday, one day after pulling up lame while running the bases.
“No real timetable,” Stanton said. “We don’t know how long it will take. [Best-case scenario] is probably two or three [weeks]. The reality? I don’t know really. I’ve got to be able to walk a normal pace first before I can predict all that.”
Stanton and first baseman Joe Mahoney were placed on the 15-day disabled list immediately following the Marlins’ 4-3 win over the Mets in 15 innings. Mahoney is on the DL with a strained right hamstring. But he said a MRI showed his injury to be not quite as severe as Stanton’s — a “Grade 1-plus or 2,” he said. As a result, Mahoney said he is hoping to be back on the field after the 15 days are up.
However, Stanton could be out considerably longer. Compounding Stanton’s frustration: he was starting to show signs of finding his groove at the plate and was looking forward to the Marlins’ once-a-season road trip to Southern Califoria, where he’s from. The Marlins play in San Diego and Los Angeles next week.
“There’s really never a good time, but this is probably one of the worst times,” Stanton said. “It’s just more of ‘Here we go,’ this [month-long] process to bring everything back. If we could just erase all of April, that would be lovely.”
With Stanton and Mahoney going on the DL, the Marlins promoted outfielder Marcell Ozuna from Double A Jacksonville and pitcher Brad Hand from Triple A New Orleans. Hand was brought up as insurance after the bullpen was forced to cover 11 innings in Monday night’s win.
Ozuna is one of the Marlins’ top prospects (No. 5, according to Baseball America) and with Stanton going down was immediately thrown into the lineup, starting in right field and batting sixth.
The 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic said he didn’t sleep Monday night after finding out he was headed to the majors. It’s a quick jump for Ozuna, who spent last season at Single A Jupiter (.266 with 24 home runs and 95 RBI), missed the initial part of this season at Jacksonville with a broken left wrist, but has been on a tear since joining the Suns’ lineup (.333 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 42 at-bats). He was the Southern League Player of the Week for April 22-28. Defensively, he won the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award for his play in right field last season with Jupiter.
“I’m so excited, the first time coming over here to play with the big guys,” Ozuna said.
• By going hitless in seven at-bats Monday, Placido Polanco became the third Marlin to go 0 for 7 in a game. He joined Omar Infante (June 16, 2012) and Gregg Zaun (June 8, 1998). All three 0-fers took place in games lasting 15 innings or more and, oddly, the Marlins won all three by identical 4-3 scores. No Marlin ever has gone 0 for 8 (or worse).
• Wednesday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20) vs. New York Mets RHP Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.41), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Scouting report: LeBlanc is winless over his past 10 starts (0-7, 5.40), dating to last season, and has only one win in 14 starts since the start of 2012. In six career outings (four starts) against the Mets, LeBlanc is 0-1 with a 2.42 ERA.