Stanton resting due to hamstring cramp

Tazawa, Koehler progressing in rehab; Nicolino expected to be placed on DL

Stanton resting due to hamstring cramp

MIAMI -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has been heating up at the plate since moving to the No. 2 spot, was out of the lineup on Wednesday afternoon to rest some cramping in his left hamstring.

Manager Don Mattingly removed Stanton in the sixth inning on Tuesday night in a 7-2 win over the Phillies. After the game, the club said their 27-year-old slugger was fine. But on Wednesday, Miami decided to play it safe.

"He came to me in that fifth inning and said he felt like he had a little cramp in his hammy," Mattingly said. "He said, 'I want to play tomorrow.' At that point, I was like, 'OK, get him out of there quick.' Today, he says he feels fine. He feels good. He's available to hit and all that. I just didn't feel like it was worth taking any chance. The fact it cramped a little bit last night, it made me nervous."

Ichiro Suzuki started in right field on Wednesday.

Mattingly is aiming to start Stanton on Thursday in the series opener against the D-backs at Marlins Park. Because that is an evening start, Stanton could rest almost two full days.

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"I expect him to play tomorrow, honestly," Mattingly said. "But if he's not [ready, he won't]. He told the trainer today he thought he would play. For me, I'm being a little cautious."

Stanton has been on a roll since May 23, when he began batting in the No. 2 spot. He is hitting .414 with three home runs and seven RBIs, and he connected on a two-run homer in Tuesday's win.

Stanton has a slash line of .284/.349/.557 and is building an All-Star worthy case with his 14 home runs and 37 RBIs. He's eighth among all National League outfielders on the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

"He's going good," Mattingly said. "We're playing a little better. Early game [Wednesday]. It gives him almost two days off until tomorrow night. I feel like we have a lot better chance of not letting anything happen. With him, I'm trying to be cautious."

Worth noting

• Reliever Junichi Tazawa, on the disabled list with right cartilage inflammation, is throwing one inning to Minor League hitters on Wednesday at the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla. The right-hander is throwing every other day until his rehab assignment begins.

Tom Koehler, on the DL with right shoulder bursitis, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. He should be making a rehab assignment soon, likely at Jupiter.

Justin Nicolino (left index finger contusion) is expected to be placed on the disabled list to make roster room for Jeff Locke, who will be reinstated and start against the D-backs on Thursday. Locke has missed all season with left shoulder tendinitis.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.