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Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) expected back Thursday

Apr 17, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t played in a week because of a left shoulder contusion. But things are suddenly looking up for the young slugger.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Stanton felt fine after taking batting practice on Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to return to the Marlins’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s series-opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

“Stanton hit today, and he said things felt good,” manager Mike Redmond told reporters before Wednesday’s series-finale with the Nationals. “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.”

Stanton was batting just .167 with a .575 OPS in nine games before the injury, but it shouldn’t take him long to get going. The 23-year-old hit .290/.361/.608 with 37 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games last season.

  1. ptfu - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Shoulder contusion? Is that from trying to carry the entire team?

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Well-played, good sir.

      Reminds me of a Jeff Ross joke from Jerry Stiller’s roast:

      “The other members of Seinfeld couldn’t be here tonight…apparently they broke their backs carrying Jerry Seinfeld for 8 years.”

  2. Old Gator - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Come on – how much can this team possibly weigh?

    • darthicarus - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Have you seen Polanco’s head?

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        It’s transported separately, bubble wrapped and stored in one of those aluminum canisters that drummers use for their sets when they’re on the road. Those, by the way, aren’t nearly as heavy as the refrigerated unit they use to transport Ted Williams’ head.

  3. bravojawja - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Things will be looking up for the young slugger when he gets promoted to a Major League team.

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