Stanton scheduled to start on Thursday

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton is ready to return to the Marlins lineup. But before he actually does, he will get one more day to rest his bruised left shoulder.

Manager Mike Redmond said on Wednesday afternoon that Stanton is scheduled to be back in the lineup on Thursday for the series opener at the Reds.

“Stanton hit today, and he said things felt good,” Redmond said. “He should be good to go for tomorrow. That’s a good sign, obviously. We all know how important he is to this lineup. That’s good news. He felt better today.”

While Stanton is set to come back to the lineup, the Marlins had yet another starter scratched on Wednesday. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who belted a key three-run homer in Tuesday’s 8-2 win, was removed from the lineup due to a sore right elbow. Chris Valaika started at shortstop in his place.

Counting Wednesday’s series finale with the Nationals at Marlins Park, Stanton will have missed six straight games.

The All-Star tweaked his shoulder while making a diving catch on April 6 at the Mets. He played through with discomfort, before being scratched from the lineup on April 12.

In nine games, Stanton is batting .167 with no home runs or RBIs. Still, he is one of the most feared hitters in the game, and he is the focal point of Miami’s lineup.

The Marlins on Wednesday reinstated Joe Mahoney off the 15-day disabled list, where he was nursing an intercostal strain.

Also on Wednesday, Henderson Alvarez threw 35 pitches off the mound. Alvarez is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He is next scheduled to throw about 50 pitches off the mound on Saturday, and a simulated game could follow.

Alvarez may be ready to join the rotation either in late April or early May.

“He’s starting his progression, and he’s feeling good,” Redmond said. “That’s the most important thing.”

Joe Frisaro

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