Miami will be without Giancarlo Stanton for at least four to six weeks.
Sources: #Marlins' Stanton has broken bone in hand. Exact details not yet known.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 27, 2015
Stanton was scheduled for an MRI and CT scan and was bothered by swelling, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro adds. Frisaro also confirmed an ESPN report noting Miami's star right fielder will be out for an extended period of time despite no ligament damage.
can confirm ESPN report Stanton has hamate fracture, surgery, 4-6 weeks out #Marlins feeling no ligament damage— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) June 27, 2015
Stanton, 25, has anchored the Marlins' offense to this point in 2015, batting .265/.346/.606 to complement 27 home runs and 67 RBIs through 74 games.
The Marlins head into Saturday's contest against the Dodgers 15 games under five hundred and Stanton's injury might lead the organization to sell come the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Miami has lost five in a row and still faces the Dodgers twice and the Giants three times on the current homestand.
Rosenthal adds the Marlins are not likely to move any core pieces because of their commitment to Stanton, however Mat Latos and Dan Haren, who will be free agents at the end of the season, could end up being moved.
Miami can place Ichiro Suzuki in center field and Marcell Ozuna can move over to right. But losing Stanton will likely hurt an offense that has notably struggled to this point in 2015. The Marlins were hoping to make a second half run with Jose Fernandez set to return next week.