Stanton strains right quad

JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins slugger Mike Stanton exited Sunday’s exhibition in the second inning with a right quad strain, according to the team.

The injury occurred in Stanton’s second at-bat against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

“It’s never a good thing, but I’d rather it be now than later,” Stanton said. “I have some time for it to heal up.”

The seriousness of the injury is not yet known, but it is safe to say Stanton will miss at least the first few Grapefruit League games.

“I think the next couple of days will be a better feel on a time frame,” Stanton said. “We really won’t know for at least 24 or 48 hours.”

After chopping a ground ball to Miami Hurricanes pitcher Michael Rudman, Stanton sprinted down the line, but pulled up. He stumbled at the bag, and fell to the ground.

Immediately, assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to the 21-year-old, who walked off the field. Scott Cousins replaced Stanton in right field.

Stanton started off the game with some excitement. In the first inning, on the first pitch he saw, he belted a two-run homer to left field.

Before the bottom of the third, Stanton went into a golf cart, and he was driven back to the Marlins clubhouse.

— Joe Frisaro


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