Stanton out four to six weeks

ST. LOUIS — Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is looking at four-to-six weeks of recovery from arthroscopic surgery.

The procedure was performed on Sunday morning by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, in Miami. Stanton had “loose bodies” removed from his right knee.

An MRI taken on Tuesday revealed Stanton had some fragments in his knee. The 22-year-old missed four straight starts before being in the lineup on Saturday at St. Louis. He played two innings in the field, had one at-bat, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the third inning.

Stanton, the Marlins lone All-Star, on Saturday didn’t stay for the rest of the game, as he headed back to Miami for his 7 a.m. ET surgery on Sunday.

Stanton was hoping to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday as well as Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

The right fielder now will start to recover, and the team is hopeful that he can be back in early August to help them make a playoff push.

Stanton paces the Marlins with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Justin Ruggiano is expected to get plenty of opportunity in right field with Stanton back. On Friday, the Marlins will reinstate center fielder Emilio Bonifacio off the disabled list.

Joe Frisaro

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