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Marlins place Giancarlo Stanton on DL, call up prospect Marcell Ozuna

Apr 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Giancarlo Stanton was just starting to heat up at the plate and the Marlins have their first winning streak of the season after last night’s extra-inning victory, but now he’s been placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Stanton, who previously missed a week of action with a shoulder injury, exited last night’s win over the Mets in the 10th inning after getting hurt trying to leg out an infield single. For now he’s been diagnosed with a strain, but Stanton told reporters afterward that he heard a “pop” and the right fielder is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins will call up prospect Marcell Ozuna from Double-A to take Stanton’s place on the roster and in the outfield. Ozuna is just 22 years old and has played all of 10 career games above Single-A, so much like they did with right-hander Jose Fernandez the Marlins would be rushing his development timetable. Ozuna ranked 75th on Baseball America‘s annual list of top prospects coming into the season.

Miami ranks dead last among MLB teams with 2.78 runs per game and no other team has averaged fewer than 3.25. And as underwhelming as Stanton’s overall production has been his .728 OPS leads the team.

  1. echech88 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Just feels like 2013 has Lost Season written all over it for Stanton. Here’s hoping he gets dealt in the offseason to a real organization.

  2. flamethrower101 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Now just for that, they’ll sign him to a ten-year deal and give us the proverbial finger for thinking otherwise

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      “They” would surely find a much less expensive way of flipping you off. Don’t forget who you’re talking about here.

  3. rcali - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Yeah, um, this will be longer than a 15 day stint. If he doesn’t give this thing a good month to heal right it will be a problem all year long.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      He should definitely give it all the time it needs. This team was going to finish last with him. It’ll have no trouble finishing last without him.

      • abaird2012 - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Branch Rickey!

  4. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I’m looking forward to watching Ozuna, though I fear, as I always do when Scrooge McLoria builds the cheapest team he can, that they’re going to ruin this kid by pushing him too far too fast. Ah well. Hope I’m wrong.

  5. jerze2387 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Guess the injury rushed him to the majors ozuna rather than later
    *rimshot* (echos through empty marlins stadium now that the 1 reason to show up is on the DL)

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