Giancarlo Stanton might not return to the Marlins' lineup very soon. Stanton tested his hand on Wednesday, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, there is a chance he is not reinstated on Friday.
Stanton, recovering from a broken left hamate bone, experienced some discomfort during his rehab assignment game with Class A Advanced Jupiter on Tuesday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins have been hopeful the three-time All-Star would be reinstated from the disabled list on Friday against the Mets in Miami.
Justin Bour has played well since taking over for Michael Morse at first base. But the final few weeks of the season will determine whether he is the club's permanent solution at first base moving forward.
Dan Jennings met with the rest of the Marlins' front office on Thursday to discuss his future with the organization.
Both Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich thrived as the Marlins swept the Braves earlier in the week.
The Marlins open a series against the Mets, who had difficulty against the Nationals but are still in position to win the division.
After a rough 2015 campaign, the Marlins are expecting yet another busy offseason.
Jennings the manager will almost certainly be replaced. Don Mattingly is reportedly a candidate to watch.
Miami's front office likely will not look the same come the end of the season.
Around the League
Stephen Strasburg was scratched as a result of a back issue.
The Mets continue to monitor Matt Harvey's status as the end of the season approaches.
Ben Cherington is reportedly not searching for another GM job.
Twins closer Glen Perkins is out with back spasms.
At Fish Stripes
-Marlins need to change to keep Giancarlo Stanton - Fish Stripes
The slugging right-fielder cannot opt out for another five seasons, but some drastic changes will need to take place if Miami wants to see him play out the full length of the record breaking contract.
-Miami Marlins will pursue closer, starter this offseason - Fish Stripes
The Marlins want a closer and starter before the start of 2016.
-Miami Marlins making closer mistakes again in free agency - Fish Stripes
The Marlins' pursuit of a closer in free agency would be yet another disastrous move.
-Miami Marlins in difficult position to improve roster - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have no obvious, easy path to improving a hole-riddled roster for a variety of reasons.
-Kendry Flores is the latest Marlin to hit the DL - Fish Stripes
The rookie is experiencing tendinitis in his throwing shoulder and is on a no-throw basis.
-The truth about the Miami Marlins' core - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins think they have a strong core, but who really is a part of this team's bright future?
-Michael Morse wished for more at-bats with Miami Marlins - Fish Stripes
The veteran infielder was traded at the end of the July after struggling throughout the first few months of the season.
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