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Stanton’s Return to Lineup Pushed Back


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March 12, 2011

By: David Marcus

MarlinsBaseball.com Writer



Edwin Rodriguez has said that he still believes Mike Stanton will be ready to play Opening Day. However, as a precaution, he has delayed Stanton’s return to the lineup until the last seven to ten days of Spring Training.


The last time Stanton played in a game was February 27th, when he strained his right quad trying to beat out a ground ball to first base. He was carted off the field, but told reporters the next day that he was feeling better and anticipated that he would available to play Opening Day. The injury was expected to keep him out of action at least two weeks.


Stanton has been preparing himself for his Grapefruit League debut. This week, he took batting practice and did some light throwing without incident. On Wednesday, Rodriguez said that he would likely put Stanton in some minor league games, saying that he wants him to face some light pitching and to see him run on the field before rejoining the Marlins.


Stanton was expected to bat cleanup to begin the season for the Marlins, but this delay may cause him to begin the season 5th or 6th until he gets some at bats under his belt.

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Stanton not ready

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton continues to be day-to-day with a strained right quad, but he may not be game ready for Opening Day.


"I think he's going to be fine, with his quad and all that, but I don't think he's going to be game ready, that's going to be the question mark," manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Tuesday.


Two starters battling injuries are slated to return to game action sooner.


Right-hander Javier Vazquez, scratched from Monday's start because of soreness in his throwing elbow, is to start on Saturday against the Cardinals. Anibal Sanchez, hit in his right shin in his last outing and scratched from Tuesday's start, is to go Sunday at home against the Mets.


Sanchez is to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.


Center fielder Chris Coghlan has been battling a sore right shoulder, but is set to play back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday.


Coghlan's been receiving scheduled days off anyway because of the left knee surgery that ended his 2010. He played back-to-back games for the first time this spring last week.





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