Apr 27, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a solo home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The bad news continues for the Miami Marlins in 2013. Giancarlo Stanton went down and grabbed his hamstring immediately, as he tried to beat out a ground ball. Stanton walked off the field gingerly with the assistance of trainer Sean Cunningham.
Stanton was immediately taken out of the game, with Chris Valaika taking over at first and Greg Dobbs moving to right field. The Marlins were already down a first baseman with Joe Mahoney being out with a hamstring issue.
Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch in the elbow to lead off the 10th. He seemed really shaken, but likely stayed in the game as the Marlins did not have any other options when Stanton went down. Chris Coghlan and Austin Kearns were already used as pinch hitters earlier in the game.
This may help manager Mike Redmond‘s case for not pinch hitting Jose Fernandez in the bottom of the fourth with runners on first and second with two outs. The Marlins manager knew he had a limited bench and decided to allow Jose to hit.
We will have an update on Stanton’s injury as soon as any new news is given out. Stay tuned to Marlin Maniac for the latest injury news on Stanton, as well as Pierre and Mahoney.
11:30 PM Update: Giancarlo left the game with a strained hamstring, according to the Marlins beat writers.
Depending on further testing, we will find out the severity of the strain of the hamstring for Stanton. He could miss anywhere from one week to six weeks. A trip to the disabled list is more than likely.