Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Marlins star feels good in return

JUPITER — The attraction when Giancarlo Stanton plays is always the hope of a jaw-dropping home run.

Sunday, it was enough just to see him running around for six innings in the Marlins' 11-0 exhibition loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

It was the first time Miami's most important player had seen game action in eight days due to soreness in his right knee that flared up after a March 5 game against the Cardinals.

Considering Stanton had surgery on the knee in 2012, the early spring setback as he was getting back into game shape after missing more than half of last season with a broken left hamate was troubling.

The Marlins have downplayed concern, but the club took a cautious approach, letting Stanton rest and ease back into the regular workout routine.

He was listed Sunday as the DH. So even the scorekeeper was caught by surprise when Stanton jogged to rightfield for the first inning.

"I wanted to get a quicker gauge," Stanton said after exiting after two plate appearances. "Why not? Just sitting (as) DH is not a good gauge for a situation like that. I wanted to be out there running around.

"I felt relatively good. We'll see how it reacts in the next few hours."

Run he did, even taking off and getting thrown out on an attempted steal after drawing a walk in his first at-bat against Matt Harvey. The stolen base attempt was the result of a missed sign, manager Don Mattingly said, certainly not part of the script for the slugger in his first game back from a leg issue.

"If he didn't feel good he wouldn't have been playing," Mattingly said.

BUMGARNER SCRATCHED: Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was scratched from his spring start against the Padres with tightness in his ribcage and a nerve condition in his left foot. Bumgarner said both issues were minor, but he wanted to take care of them now rather than let them linger.

NATIONALS: Manager Dusty Baker strongly implied that right-hander Max Scherzer will be the team's opening day starter April 4 in Atlanta.

ORIOLES: Catcher Matt Wieters said the tests on his sore right elbow came back "pretty normal," though he didn't have a diagnosis on what the issue was. Wieters had reconstructive surgery on the elbow in 2014. "It's frustrating, just because of all the surgery and all the rehab that you go through," he said.

Marlins star feels good in return 03/13/16 [Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2016 8:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Chris Archer knocked out early as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Chris Archer has not gotten past four innings in four of his past five starts. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  2. Bucs-Vikings report card: Where's this explosive offense we heard about all offseason?

    Bucs

    O NO

    True, the Bucs defense looked pretty leaky in the 34-17 loss to the Vikings. But you know what needs to happen when the defense is getting torched? The offense needs to step up. In games such as these, with defensive players seemingly getting hurt every play, the offense needs to outscore the other …

    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) intercepts a Jameis Winston pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Bucs-Vikings: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 34-17 loss

    Bucs

    MINNEAPOLIS — Here's Rick Stroud and Tom Jones' instant analysis from the Bucs' 34-17 loss at Minnesota Sunday. More to come from Rick & Tom — and Greg Auman —- from Minneapolis later today.

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) dives over the pylon for a touchdown as  Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith (29) defends. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Worst-Case scenario: Case Keenum, Vikings hand Bucs 34-17 loss

    Bucs

    MINNEAPOLIS — With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, …

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs-Vikings: A by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 34-17 loss

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) hits Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) as he passes during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times