Giancarlo Stanton's return to the Marlins' lineup Friday in Philadelphia, more than a week ahead of the original six-week best-case-scenario timetable made public after he strained his groin in August, came with a curious twist: The slugging right-fielder is penciled into the No. 2 spot.

Consider the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton ready to take one for the team.

"Move them over. Ready for three bunts tonight. We'll be good to go," Stanton said.

Added manager Don Mattingly: "Absolutely not."

In reality, Stanton batting second is a temporary solution as he continues to ease his way back into a full-time job. Mattingly planned to have Stanton play about six innings Friday, and he would rather have Stanton's eventual replacement bat second as opposed to fourth or fifth. Plus, an earlier spot in the lineup might mean an additional at-bat.