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Mike Stanton shut down

Joe Capozzi is reporting that the Marlins have shut down Mike Stanton in the AFL.

Right-fielder Michael Stanton’s Arizona Fall League season is over. The Marlins shut him down because of a sore back.

"It’s nothing major. It’s just a sore back," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins’ player development director.

Stanton, the Marlins’ top prospect, is expected to be ready and pain-free when spring training starts in February at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Stanton, 19, was leading all players in the AFL with a .478 batting average. He was replaced on the Mesa roster by Greg Burns.

Better safe than sorry.