ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton's left shoulder was wrapped in ice after Wednesday's game, and the Marlins right fielder wasn't feeling all that good despite his heroics in the 8-4 victory over the Braves.
Stanton, though, was in the lineup Thursday night as the Marlins concluded their two-game series at Turner Field. He certainly doesn't want to sit out now. Not with the way he and the Marlins are playing in May.
In the month's first 15 games, Stanton has hit .328 with seven homers and 15 RBIs while also contributing some spectacular defensive plays as the Marlins have gone 12-3.
Stanton didn't bang up the shoulder making his diving catch in the fourth inning to keep the Braves from tying the game, but rather trying to catch a sinking liner in the seventh inning on a less difficult play.
"I lost it in the lights and then I picked it up probably this far away," said Stanton, holding out his right arm. "I don't know how it hurts so bad. But they were saying it looked pretty ugly on film. [My left arm] kind of yanked over. The ground kept it from going. But it will be all right. It was really [painful]. It really hurt."
Stanton has had plenty of highlight catches this season, including a leaping grab against the Pirates on Tuesday in Miami that rated just behind Wednesday's grab. But he has also had some ugly defensive moments.
After not being able to come up with Eric Hinske's liner Wednesday, Stanton booted a single by Martin Prado later in the inning for his fifth error of the season.
"A lot of stupid, stupid mistakes this year," Stanton said of his defense. "Like the ball right there. It snaked on me a little bit. That's about all my errors. Easy plays like that. I've just got to learn from it and keep improving."
First-base coach Gary Thurman works with outfielders, and he praised Stanton's effort to keep getting more consistent in the field.
"He works really hard, and the hard work is starting to pay off," Thurman said. "The sky is the limit."
Stanton just needs to make all the easy plays with the determination he uses to make the hard ones.
"He makes a great play, then has trouble with a routine one," Thurman said. "You have to concentrate on every play."