Stanton out at least 2 weeks
The good news is Mike Stanton came into camp on Monday morning feeling better. But time will tell how long the Marlins right fielder will be out with a strained right quad.
Stanton suffered the injury while sprinting to first base on a ground out on Sunday in Florida’s 9-8 loss to the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.
In the afternoon, Stanton told reporters he will miss at least two weeks.
“It’s night and day better than yesterday,” the outfielder said.
“He came in today, and he felt better,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But still, it’s too early to tell. The trainers are going to wait two or three more days to see how he feels. Then, he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is.”
It’s encouraging that Stanton is feeling better, but it will be several days, if not a week or more before he is expected back.
The team is being extra cautious.
Items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the media:
* Donnie Murphy is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist. If he continues to show he is healthy, Murphy has a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. Rodriguez said he would like to keep both Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio.
* Gaby Sanchez is batting cleanup in place of Stanton.
* Bryan Petersen is getting the starting nod in right field on Monday. Dewayne Wise is playing center field as Chris Goghlan gets the day off. Wise is getting an opportunity now that Stanton is out for a little while. Petersen, Scott Cousins and Josh Kroeger also will see time in right field.
* John Baker took some swings in a simulated game on Monday morning. Omar Poveda and Alex Sanabia each threw in the sim game.
– Joe Frisaro