Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has been testing his pulled hamstring, but his rehabilitation process has been a slow go. The 23-year-old’s return to the active roster is still a ways off as he is having trouble running.
Stanton suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 30. Obviously, the day for him to be activated off the disabled list has come and gone, but his inability to even jog has prevented a major step in the recovery process. Stanton has been able to run in a pool and take swings off a tee. Unfortunately, no live pitching has taken place yet, and it does not appear it is in the cards anytime soon.
“Running’s going to be … I’m sure I can hit way sooner than I’ll be able to run,” Stanton said, according to Marlins.com. “I can already put weight on it pretty well.”
The good news for the Marlins is that rookie right fielder Marcell Ozuna has established himself as a top asset while Stanton has been on the disabled list. In fact, Ozuna has all of the makings to be one of Miami’s future stars, and a player the franchise can build around.
If Stanton is unable to return to the 25-man roster soon he may lose his job for good. At this rate, Ozuna has a solid grip on the starting job, something that he probably will not let up.
The 22-year-old is batting .296 with one home run, five RBI, five doubles, five runs and one stolen base in 54 at-bats since getting called up from Double-A Jacksonville. If Ozuna’s performance continues to rise then the Marlins might be better off trading Stanton before the July 31 deadline.