Stanton primed to boost offense

NEW YORK — A couple of days ago, the Marlins lost their “glue” when Emilio Bonifacio was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

As tough as it is to be without the speed of Bonifacio, the club on Tuesday is expected to get a lift by adding some substantial power.

Giancarlo Stanton is ready to be reinstated after being on the disabled list since July 8 with a right knee injury.

Stanton appeared in four rehab games at Class A Jupiter, going 5-for-16 (.313) with a double, two home runs and five RBIs. He homered on Sunday.

For a lineup struggling to score runs, the 22-year-old has been greatly missed.

He underwent a scope on the knee on July 8, and the recovery time was set at four to six weeks.

In the 25 games that he missed, the Marlins have averaged 2.8 runs per game. They have hit 13 home runs and driven in 63 RBIs.

Stanton still leads Miami in home runs (19) and RBIs (50).

“He at least will give us a little better view of the offense,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This guy, maybe he will carry the ballclub for a little while, and make us have a little bit of fun.”

Getting Stanton back will be a big boost, but the team will regulate his playing time. Because he is rebounding from surgery, he will get periodic days off. So, he may not play day games after night games. Or he may have to build up to playing more than three or four days in a row.

“We have to be careful with him, and monitor him very well,” Guillen said. “Be careful how we’re going to play him. When you are managing with him, he makes things a lot easier offensively.”

Joe Frisaro

 

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