Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Marlins slugger likely out for year

MIAMI — The Marlins had a dramatic victory on the field Sunday, but it was overshadowed by a bigger loss.

Before their 5-4 win over the White Sox, star RF Giancarlo Stanton had an MRI exam that revealed he has a Grade 3 strain of his left groin.

Stanton will be out at least six weeks, making it unlikely he will play again this season, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

"The best-case scenario is a six-week return. Obviously, there is still opportunity for 'G' to be back before the season's end, but obviously it was a significant injury, and we'll see how rehab goes," Hill said.

Hill said Marlins officials are beginning to examine outside options and said former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, a Miami native, will be considered.

"We're putting our list together of options and he's an available player, so he'll be on that list and we'll see where it goes," said Hill of Rodriguez, who was released by New York on Friday and is expected to clear waivers today.

"I think we're going to look at everything. There's been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue to playing."

Stanton was hurt on the final play of Saturday's loss to the White Sox when he tried to stretch a single and was thrown out at second.

"When I saw it, it looked like he got shot," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It's what you see with guys with hamstrings and stuff like that — they're running and all of a sudden you just see the leg just give out.

"Obviously, not a very good sign when you see that."

The Marlins also placed LHP Adam Conley on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Conley bruised his pitching hand when he jumped and banged it in celebration of a home run by Jeff Mathis on the low dugout ceiling Aug. 3 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

STREAK OVER (FOR REAL): Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia went 0-for-3 for Class A Lynchburg, ending his 50-game hitting streak a day after an official scoring change after the game kept it alive. Mejia's streak was the longest in the minors since they were reorganized in 1963.

ANGELS: 1B Jefry Marte was hit by a pitch on the left shoulder in the second inning and left the game. X-rays were negative.

ASTROS: OF Jake Marisnick missed his fourth straight game with a right groin injury.

A'S: RHP Jesse Hahn, a former Rays prospect, will begin a rehab assignment from his right shoulder strain with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.

DODGERS: RHPs Brandon McCarthy and Josh Ravin went on the 15-day DL. McCarthy left Saturday's start after 12/3 innings with right hip stiffness. Ravin has a right triceps strain.

MARINERS: LHP James Paxton, hit in his left elbow by a line drive Aug. 7, emerged from his bullpen session feeling fine and is slated to start Tuesday in Anaheim.

RANGERS: LHP Derek Holland, out since June 21 with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, is set to make his third rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock today and could return to the rotation Saturday against the Rays.

REDS: 2B Brandon Phillips left in the second inning with a bruised left knee.

RED SOX: RHP Steven Wright, the surprising ace of Boston's rotation, went on the 15-day DL with bursitis in his pitching shoulder.

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