Giancarlo Stanton Injury: Chances of Returning “not looking good”
By Ehsan Kassim
There are just 12 games remaining on the Miami Marlins 2014 schedule. Don’t expect to see Giancarlo Stanton returning for any of those remaining 12 games, according to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer, who spoke to manager Mike Redmond.
Stanton, who was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch last week, Stanton posted a picture of how his recovery is going on his Instagram account earlier today.
Stanton had doctors appointments most of the day Tuesday and the team will announce their intentions with their slugger for the rest of the season tomorrow. While the chances of him playing again don’t look promising, Redmond hopes to get his star back in the lineup this season to ease potential fears Stanton could have stepping into the box for the first time next season after taking a pitch to the face.
"“He’s feeling much better, and you can tell in just a short amount of time you can tell how much better everything looks, the swelling has gone down,” Redmond said. “That’s why he’s going through the evaluations and the tests to see where he’s at.”“I would want nothing more than to have him step into that box before the season’s over, just for him to have that comfort level of knowing that he got back into that box and didn’t have for his last memory of the 2014 season of being get hit in the mouth,” Redmond said. “But we’re not sure that’s a reality.”"
While I agree with Red that getting Stanton at least a couple of at bats before the season to make sure he develops some sort of comfort level before next season would be beneficial, it would also be a mistake to rush him back into the batters box before he is prepared mentally or physically.