The Miami Marlins have lost a lot of players due to injury this season, but no name was bigger than All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton was just hitting his stride at the tail end of April and start of May, but the Fish suffered a tough beat when Stanton suffered a strained right hamstring and went on the disabled list immediately. With the Marlins' offense already awful, Stanton's presence was sorely missed.
Well, the lineup will not be missing Stanton much further, as Stanton was reactivated from the disabled list today.
"I'm just happy that I'm finally here to contribute now," Stanton said. "It's been a long time, and I'm just glad to be here."
Stanton was coming off of a spectacular weekend series versus the Chicago Cubs, which included his first three home runs of the season. His massive two-game run versus the Cubbies brought his line up to a paltry .227/.341/.387 (.322 wOBA), but it was worth imagining just how well he would continue to play now that he had broken out of his month-long slump. Then he suffered the hamstring injury and Marlins fans were left even more hopeless than before.
The Fish and their fans can get some hope back, as Stanton has returned to the lineup. Giancarlo Stanton started Monday night versus the Milwaukee Brewers, and he is expected to hold down right field for the time being. The Marlins have made an interesting move to accommodate Stanton's presence. The Marlins moved Marcell Ozuna to center field where he has played some in the minors. The more interesting part is that the team opted once again to keep Justin Ruggiano on the bench, at least against right-handed pitchers, and play Juan Pierre instead.
To make room for Stanton, the Marlins placed Casey Kotchman on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury. In other roster moves, the Marlins reactivated Donovan Solano from the DL but immediately optioned him to Triple-A. This leaves Derek Dietrich permanently on the Marlins' roster.