Giancarlo Stanton is adamant about wanting to return to the Miami Marlins before the end of the regular season. The right fielder is on the disabled list with a Grade 3 left groin strain, the three-time All-Star right fielder is expressing confidence he will return.
"He's going to be back," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "He's told me he's going to be back. He's going to help this team get into October and help us get through October."
Those words alone could prove to be the battle cry of this Marlins organization – a team that has faced many injuries in 2016 and still remain in the hunt for the National League wild card.
The Marlins have replaced Stanton with Ichiro Suzuki and have also recalled Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A New Orleans to provide so pop in the lineup. But the team still misses its main power source. Any time Stanton can give to the team at the end of the season can only mean good things.
Joe Frisano of MLB.com wrote after an MRI revealed the Grade 3 strain of his groin, the Marlins said his best case for a recovery was six weeks, which would mean he could return for the final week of the regular season.
Stanton, who has 25 home runs and 70 RBIs, injured his groin on Aug. 13 against the White Sox while trying to stretch a single into a double on the final play of the game. He went on the disabled list the next day.
Hill remains optimistic, along with the organization that Stanton’s words will prove to be prophetic for the roster heading into September.
"His rehab, to this point, has been great," Hill said. "All of the feedback we've been getting has been very positive, and he's in good spirits."
The Marlins are not totally bare in the production department as the team has counted on Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna – who have shared the outfield with Stanton, to provide a lift in the lineup.
Stanton graduated from Notre Dame High School, before he was selected by the Marlins in the 2007 MLB draft. Stanton made his MLB debut with the Marlins in June 2010. He is a three-time MLB All-Star and was the Hank Aaron Award winner for the National League in 2014 after leading the league in home runs. In November 2014, the Marlins signed Stanton to the richest contract in sports history, worth $325 million over 13 years.