Marlins Stanton to miss 4-6 weeks

The Miami Marlins were picked by many baseball analysts to contend all year long in the National League East division.
But that has simply not been the case.
Despite getting players like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Michael Morse and Ichiro Suzuki over the off season to build around the young, power hitting Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins have greatly underperformed as a team to this point in the season.
Sitting at 30-45 and 11.5 games out of first in the NL East, and already having fired its manager Mike Redmond, it seemed impossible for Miami’s season to get any worse.
It did.
Stanton left Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a broken hamate bone in his left wrist. The injury will force the NL’s leading home run leader to miss 4-6 weeks and have surgery to fix the hand.
Stanton, who leads the MLB in both home runs (27) and runs batted in (67), will likely be the first player since Ryan Howard in 2008 to lead the National League in home runs during the month of June and not play in the All-Star game. Howard was not voted onto the roster, where as Stanton is currently slotted to start in this year’s Mid-Summer Classic.
The injury is not only a big blow to the Marlins organization, but to the entire MLB and its fan base, who will miss the opportunity of seeing Stanton sending little white missiles into the bleachers in Cincinnati during the Home Run Derby on July 13, especially after last year’s home run contest was such a disappointment.
Stanton will likely return to baseball in early August. However, by that time, barring a spectacular end to the first half and start to the second half of the season by Miami, the Marlins will be completely out of contention for a playoff spot.

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