Marlins target Stanton return at New York

ATLANTA — The target return date for Giancarlo Stanton is less than a week away.

Barring any setbacks, Stanton could be back in the lineup on Tuesday in the Marlins series opener against the Mets at Citi Field.

Stanton is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on Thursday. The hope is the All-Star right fielder will need only a few Minor League games before returning to big league action.

Stanton had two cartilage chips removed from his right knee on July 8, and recovery was listed at four to six weeks.

Miami is hoping that it is closer to the four week mark.

* Manager Ozzie Guillen said Brad Hand is an option to get called up from Triple-A New Orleans to start, most likely, the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Washington. Josh Johnson is expected to start in the second game. New MLB rules allow teams to make a one-day call-up for doubleheaders, and teams can carry 26 players on those days.

Guillen added, Jacob Turner will not be promoted for the start. Turner, acquired from the Tigers as part of the Omar Infante/Anibal Sanchez trade, is not yet on the 40-man roster.

* Infielder Zack Cox, obtained from the Cardinals as part of the Edward Mujica trade on Tuesday, is being placed on the seven-day disabled list with a mild hamstring strain. Cox is expected to play third base at Double-A Jacksonville.

Joe Frisaro

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