Stanton brings back stylish, patriotic sleeve
ST. LOUIS — Giancarlo Stanton is wearing his patriotism on his sleeve.
To celebrate the Fourth of July, the Marlins slugger once again will wear his red, white and blue stars and stripes compression sleeve. The 24-year-old slugger initially unveiled the sleeve on Memorial Day at Washington.
The sleeve was such a big hit then, Stanton is donning the sleeve again on the Fourth at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals.
For years players have worn compression sleeves. Stanton has done so since his 2010 rookie season. The difference between then and now is the style. As a rookie, he’d commonly wear a black sleeve.
But when the Marlins changed their color scheme in 2012, sporting red-orange, Stanton began to regularly wear colorful sleeves. This year, he’s taken the sleeve design to another level.
Stanton initially started wearing a sleeve to protect a sore right arm.
“I had an arm problem, and I’d wear it to keep my arm warm,” Stanton said.
Stanton will wear red-orange, black and royal blue sleeves.
At the All-Star Game he doesn’t plan on being elaborate. He plans on wearing the color of the National League, most likely a navy blue.
Stanton says he wishes the Marlins had their old teal color because he would be wearing that color sleeve.
* Derek Dietrich has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist strain (retroactive to July 2). Outfielder Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Dietrich aggravated his wrist while taking a practice swing in the on-deck circle on July 1, and the wrist bothered him more when he was hitting in the cages the next day.
* Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria will play his first rehab assignment game on Friday for Class A Jupiter. The plan is for Hechavarria (right triceps strain) to play again on Saturday for Jupiter, and join the Marlins in Arizona on Monday.
* Tom Koehler’s wife, Ashley, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl. Koehler is scheduled to come off the paternity list on Monday and pitch at Arizona that night.
— Joe Frisaro