Stanton ready for rehab stint on Tuesday
Slugger will take field for Class A Advanced Jupiter, weather permitting
ATLANTA -- Weather permitting, Giancarlo Stanton will be back on the field Tuesday in a rehab assignment game for Class A Advanced Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
The Marlins are anticipating Stanton playing at least a few games with the Hammerheads, before he tentatively is reinstated on Friday in the series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park.
Initially, the plan was to get the three-time All-Star into a rehab game on Monday, but the storm system that has impacted South Florida caused that game to be postponed. On Tuesday, the Hammerheads will be playing a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. ET, and the Marlins are still deciding if the slugger will play in one or parts of both games.
"Weather, obviously, was a factor in South Florida with the tropical storm," Miami manager Dan Jennings said. "It looks like right now they're going to play a doubleheader."
Along with Stanton, two Miami starters coming back from injuries are scheduled to throw in the doubleheader -- Jarred Cosart (vertigo) and Jose Urena (left knee contusion).
Stanton, who broke the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26, has not seen game action since he was injured swinging the bat against the Dodgers.
Stanton had surgery on the hand/wrist, and he's been building back up in recent weeks. The past few weeks he's been hitting off a pitching machine.
Recovery time for a broken hamate bone is four-to-six weeks. Because Stanton was experiencing some discomfort, that is why he's taken longer.
Power hitters rely heavily on their hands and wrists, and Stanton is one of the strongest players in the game. His swing is with such force that he has to be extremely careful on when he gets back.
Stanton paces the club with 27 homers and 67 RBIs.
"I think it's good that he's progressed to this point," Jennings said. "If he passes this test, then hopefully we will see him in the lineup for our next series after this one.
"We'll be smart. Giancarlo is pretty good to tell you how he feels. If he needs a day here and there, then we need to be wise about it, and let him get back to game speed."