Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had a minor setback Tuesday, but could return from his hand injury on Friday against the New York Mets.
After the game Tuesday at Class A Advanced Jupiter, Stanton told reporters he “just felt OK” and wasn't 100%, adding that he was unsure if he would actually be able to rejoin the Marlins on Friday, which was his target date. He went 0 for 2 with a walk in the game and exited prior to the sixth inning. He will continue working out to determine when he'll return to the club. "It just didn't feel fully how it should," Stanton said.
Stanton had not played since fracturing the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26. He had surgery to repair the injury two days later and was expected to miss four to six weeks.
Stanton is batting .265 this season with 27 home runs in 74 games. Despite having missed more than 50 games, Stanton still has the 15th-most home runs in the majors. He was named to his third career All-Star team in July, but the injury left him unable to participate in the game.
- Dan Gartland and Jeremy Woo