Stanton return in doubt following first rehab game
Club targeted Friday for All-Star OF to rejoin roster before setback
By Steve Wilaj
JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, playing in his first rehab assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter, tested his left hand and wrist to less than stellar results on Tuesday.
Stanton -- who broke a bone in his left hand on June 26 and hadn't played in a game since -- went 0-for-2 with a walk, saying his hand and wrist "just felt OK" and "not 100 percent."
He added that he was unsure of a return to Miami's lineup on Friday at Marlins Park against the Mets -- as was previously targeted -- and that he will continue workouts in Jupiter for the next couple of days.
"It just didn't feel fully how it should," Stanton said.
Batting third for the Hammerheads, Stanton popped out to third base in his first at-bat, walked in his second at-bat and struck out looking in his final at-bat. He then exited the shortened seven-inning contest prior to the sixth inning.
When asked what positives he took from the game, Stanton said, "Just being out on the field, really."
Prior to his return to game action on Tuesday, Stanton had been taking batting practice off of a pitching machine. Now having faced live pitching for the first time in more than two months, he said seeing how the injury responds is part of the next step in his return.
"My rehab has been kind of getting ready to hit, hit, then sit down," Stanton said. "It's different to hit, wait three innings, hit and wait three innings. So it's a new dynamic and you just have to see how it's gonna react."
Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.