While the Miami Marlins struggle for any semblance of offense, their best hitter is a frustrated observer due to injury.

Giancarlo Stanton missed his fourth consecutive game Monday with a bruised left shoulder. Following the Marlins’ 10-3 loss to Washington, Stanton said the injury has improved enough that he will test it Tuesday with a few swings.

“It’s gotten significantly better. Before I couldn’t even lift my arm up at all. Each day is better,” Stanton said in the clubhouse with ice and a wrap on the shoulder. “It feels like it’s being compressed or pinched.”

Stanton has said the injury most likely occurred while making a diving catch more than a week ago in New York. An MRI on Saturday showed no structural damage. He was examined again Monday and got the go-ahead to test it Tuesday.

The Marlins were hoping to avoid placing Stanton on the disabled list. They were short two position players the past two games with Austin Kearns out because of an irregular heartbeat.