The original idea was to cut and paste from whatever I wrote last year about Stanton’s injury, but apparently it wasn’t my assignment at the time. The 2014 injury was a bit before my time at Marlin Maniac, so that was out as well. The idea wasn’t born out of laziness, but just to underscore the fact that this all too familiar territory for Miami Marlins fans. The last time Stanton played past September 11th was 2013, and even then, he had missed an entire month (May) due to another ailment.
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This year’s episode is a strained groin, suffered in the late innings of Saturday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox. As expected after watxhing him hobble off the field, Stanton did not suit up for Sunday’s finale. As assumed, he was placed on the 15-day DL this morning. But the swift rest of season announcement, even if seemingly inevitable based on past history, still stung about as much as a kick to the…well, let’s just leave it there.
This afternoon’s featured piece went into more detail on how the team could possibly rally from this, but for those that don’t wish to treat themselves to reading it, I’ll say this. In 2003, the Marlins pretty much found themselves in the same situation with Mike Lowell. Injured at the end of August, Lowell missed all but the last game of the regular season, before returning for the playoffs. That was an admittedly deeper team, and one with a much more stable rotation, but there it is nonetheless.
Expect a heavy dose of Ichiro Suzuki in the interim, and for the Marlins to widen their search for a bat to include outfielders and first basemen alike. Personally, I’d rather see them platoon Derek Dietrich and Ichiro in the outfield and still look for a first base option. But only time will tell how, and if, the Marlins will try to get themselves out of this one.