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Miami Marlins morning news: Giancarlo Stanton cleared for dry swings

Giancarlo Stanton was able to check off another box in his rehab yesterday when he was cleared to practice dry swings. Plus links on Jose Fernandez, A.J. Ramos, and more.

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Marlins News

Giancarlo Stanton has been cleared to begin the first step in his rehab process, which is practicing dry swings with the bat. The club is still uncertain of an exact timeframe for when Stanton will make his return to the big leagues.

Jose Fernandez has been dominant in his starts at Marlins Park, but Miami's ace is well aware that he has to improve on the road.

After Steve Cishek struggled mightily in the closer role at the beginning of the season, A.J. Ramos has done a solid job taking over and holding down the closer spot. After Ramos served up an unusual blown save on Sunday, Dan Jennings did not toss the blame all on his closer.

Jarred Cosart has had a rough couple months: after coming off the disabled list in early July, Cosart was shelled in his first start back and subsequently optioned the next day. During one of his rehab assignments in New Orleans, Cosart had to leave the game early and, as a result, is now being looked at for vertigo again.

Around the League

Albert Pujols hit his 548th home run last night, tying him with Mike Schmidt for 15th on the all-time list.

The rumors around the majors are swirling as the trade deadline quickly approaches. Which teams are just a move away from being a serious contender?

The Angels are gearing up for a run at the postseason, and are looking for another bat to aid them in their playoff chase.

The Pirates announced that Jordy Mercer would be out for six weeks with a knee sprain.

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