First he clutched, then he hopped, then he belly-flopped onto the Marlins Park grass down the first-base line. The hamstring fairy shot another arrow through a Marlins’ player’s hind quarters. Giancarlo Stanton could be facing another extended stretch on the sideline after blowing out his right hamstring. In the 10th inning of Monday’s 15-inning victory against the Mets, Stanton grabbed the back of his leg and ultimately collapsed after crossing first base on a tapper in front of the plate. He eventually walked off the field, albeit gingerly, side-by-side with a trainer. "Find out more [Tuesday], but any time you go down it's not good," said Stanton,who the Marlins placed on the 15-day disabled list. Stanton already missed six contests earlier this season with a sore left shoulder. Monday, Stanton went 0-for-5 to snap a five-game hitting streak during which he hit his first three homers of 2013. "It's a big blow," manager Mike Redmond said. "We're enjoying this win, but at the same time [Tuesday] the reality will set in that he's not at the lineup anymore." During the second game of the season first baseman Casey Kotchman suffered the same injury and has yet to return. Joe Mahoney in the last two days also developed hamstring soreness and is day-to-day. Stanton’s reputation as a supremely gifted yet oft-injured outfielder is growing. Last season he hit 37 home runs despite missing 39 games due to knee issues and an intercostal muscle strain. Arthroscopic right knee surgery precluded Stanton from participating in the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. After the game, the Marlins recalled outfielder Marcell Ozuna from Double-A Jacksonville. Part of the reason is that Ozuna already is on the 40-man roster opposed to someone like ex-Brave Matt Diaz, who is playing with the Marlins’ Triple-A New Orleans affiliate. Diaz through 21 games with the Zephyrs was batting .346/.386/.474. Ozuna, who will make his major league debut Tuesday in right, missed the early part of the season with a fractured wrist and entered the week having totaled 42 at-bats over 10 games with the Suns. Those at-bats have been impressive, though. Ozuna can boast five homers, 15 RBI and a .333/.383/.810 slash line. Top outfield prospect Christian Yelich got off to late start because of injury (plantar fasciitis) and arrived at Double-A at the same time as Ozuna. His numbers suggest he’s still looking for his swing (.267/.313/.422 with 16 strikeouts in 45 at-bats).
Stanton injured, heads to DL; prospect Ozuna gets call
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Apr 30