Stanton update, Cosart could start Sunday
MIAMI — Today was supposed to be the day Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Marlins’ lineup. Now, it doesn’t look that way.
Stanton’s left hand bothered him during a rehab assignment game on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. The All-Star right fielder had three plate appearances for Class A Advanced Jupiter, drawing a walk, striking out looking and popping out.
He removed himself from the game because his hand didn’t feel right.
Before playing again, Stanton has been taking swings to test the hand/wrist.
With the Marlins off on Thursday there were no updates on how he is progressing. But it would be highly surprising if Stanton is in the lineup Friday, facing the Mets and Jacob deGrom at Marlins Park.
Stanton has been out since June 26 when he broke hamate bone in his left hand.
Whether Stanton is available to play during the weekend series at all remains to be seen. My guess is no.
While Miami probably won’t have its top slugger back for the series, it looks like Jarred Cosart will be called up on Friday, and he probably will start on Sunday in the series finale with New York.
Cosart has been in the Minor Leagues since July 4. He had a relapse of his vertigo problem, which first plagued him in May.
In August, Cosart saw a specialist in Chicago, and he was diagnosed with a left inner ear disorder. The condition may have been bothering him all season.
Cosart pitched in a rehab assignment game with Jupiter on Monday. He’s feeling fine, and should ease back into the rotation, probably on Sunday. Chris Narveson would be lined up for that day, but he’s dealing with a blister on his left middle finger.
The blister isn’t considered serious.
The Marlins have been considering going with a six-man rotation this month. That could be the case with Narveson, who could be back on the mound next week.
— Joe Frisaro