Stanton has mild hamstring strain

MIAMI — The earliest Mike Stanton may play in the field is this weekend, when the Marlins travel to Houston to face the Astros.

An MRI taken on Monday revealed the Marlins right fielder is dealing with a mild strain to his left hamstring.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Stanton should be available to pinch-hit in the three-game series with the Nationals, which begins on Tuesday. If he reaches base, he would be replaced by a pinch-runner.

Stanton took batting practice on Tuesday, and, yes, he connected on some long drives that sailed over the wall. Afterwards, he did some light running under the supervision of team trainer Sean Cunningham.

“I feel better than I thought,” Stanton said.

Stanton experienced tightness in his hamstring on Opening Night, and he hasn’t played since.

“They took an MRI on Monday, and it showed a mild strain of his left hamstring,” Rodriguez said. “What that means is he’s going to be able to pinch-hit, but he’s not going to be able to run.

“He’s at 65, 70-percent right now. For the next three or four days, he might be able to pinch-hit, and then probably on the weekend, he will take the field.”

Emilio Bonifacio started in right field on Tuesday.

Joe Frisaro

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