MIAMI -- The struggling Marlins offense could be getting a big slugger back in a couple of weeks.
Giancarlo Stanton, who had two cartilage chips surgically removed from his right knee on July 8, is getting closer to rejoining the Marlins, with a rehab assignment beginning Wednesday at Class A Jupiter. The 22-year-old was expected to miss four to six weeks after the surgery. Stanton expects to return to big league action on Aug. 10.
Stanton has been taking batting practice and recently began jogging outside. He was previously running on an anti-gravity treadmill that helped keep stress off his surgically repaired knee.
While Stanton feels his recovery is going well, he admits that his knee "feels different" when he runs.
"It's like when you sleep on your arm or you ice for too long," Stanton said. "When I run, the vibration I can feel, but it's still on the numb side. That's the only iffy part, even though it's not a speed bump."
Stanton was told the numbness could last up to two months, but he says it does not affect his ability to run or perform any other baseball activity. With his actions limited, Stanton has tried to take some positives from his time away from the field.
"It's not fun to just sit there helpless," Stanton said. "You just try to pick up some things from the down times that I am going through right now. That's all I can do."