Recovering Stanton still experiencing discomfort

No target date for slugger's return from broken left hand

Recovering Stanton still experiencing discomfort

MIAMI -- Until Giancarlo Stanton can let loose swinging the bat, the Marlins don't have a target date for when the All-Star right fielder will return.

Stanton is hitting off a tee each day, but some discomfort remains as he recovers from a broken hamate bone on his left hand. Surgery was performed on June 28, and the recommended recovery time is 4-6 weeks.

One reason Stanton may wind up a tad behind schedule is because of his brute strength. The exit velocity on a number of balls he puts in play have been clocked between 115-120 mph, according to Statcast™.

Stanton injured during game

"He isn't swinging like me or you," Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "I wish I had more clarity. But until he starts swinging [freely], we can't put a timeline on it. There was still some discomfort gripping the bat. Until he is comfortable doing that, I don't have a timeline."

When Stanton suffered his injury, he was leading the Majors in home runs (27) and RBIs (67).

"He's not ready to take the next step," Hill said. "He tries it every day."

Worth noting

Jose Fernandez, who threw a season-high 112 pitches in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Padres, said he felt fine on Monday. The only game he logged more pitches in his career came on May 4, 2014, when he threw 114 against the Dodgers.

Fernandez strikes out 10

"I don't think this year that's going to happen much," said Fernandez, who returned from Tommy John surgery on July 2. "Everything depends on how I look on the mound, but I don't think that will happen a lot."

• Two blown saves since the All-Star break haven't changed Miami's commitment to keeping A.J. Ramos as closer. In the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-2 win over the Padres, Ramos surrendered the game-tying home run to Alexi Amarista, giving him three blown saves since becoming the closer in mid-May.

"It's the toughest three outs in the game," manager Dan Jennings said. "I just talked with A.J. before we came out here to stretch. We have full confidence in him."

The Marlins are using the final two months to see who fits in certain roles, for now and next year.

"He's earned it more than anybody we have available for us," Jennings said. "He's going to get that opportunity to falter a few times, like they all do. It didn't change our belief in who we think he is."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.