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Without Giancarlo Stanton, What Are The Marlins’ Plans?

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With Slugger Giancarlo Stanton out for the rest of the season, what are the Miami Marlins going to do?

In an announcement earlier this week, it was made clear that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will miss the remainder of the season due to a “serious” groin injury. Stanton was having a down year for the Marlins this season but had found a groove of late as he posted a .288 batting average with 12 home runs and 38 RBI’s since June 21st.

Losing a player like Stanton is always a huge blow to a team but this could not have come at a worse time for the Marlins. Miami is currently tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals are also dealing with injuries as Matt Holliday hit the DL with a broken thumb.

Even with the injury to Stanton, the Marlins are prepared to fill the void. With Stanton out, Ichiro Suzuki will get the opportunity to play on a more everyday basis. The 42-year old Suzuki has played only in pinch-hitting situations with some starts mixed in. He is hitting .316 on the season and just racked up his 3,000th career hit earlier in the season.

Another option that the Marlins have available is Martin Prado. He has played over 200 games in the outfield during his career but has played mostly third base this season. With players like Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas able to play third, that gives the Marlins some flexibility to mix and match outfielders for the rest of the year.

The Stanton injury comes at an interesting time for the Marlins. Yes they are in the playoff hunt but they have also been linked to possibly signing Alex Rodriguez. “A-Rod” was released by the New York Yankees and agreed to retire from baseball. With Alex sitting on 696 career home runs, it would seem possible that he would want a crack at 700. The Marlins have been struggling at the first base position and could use a veteran who has some pop. “A-Rod” is 41-years old and has given no sign that he is interested in signing with the Marlins.

No one that the Marlins currently have can replace Stanton. Their only hope is to piece together an outfield with the players that are available to them at the moment. With the combination of Ichiro and Prado, the Marlins may be able to stay afloat long enough to grab the second NL wild card.