MILWAUKEE -- Giancarlo Stanton put on a home run show Monday for a batting-practice audience that consisted of the Miller Park grounds crew, which watched attentively, and a handful of his Marlins teammates.
It was a trial run for Stanton, who is taking part in the Home Run Derby in Kansas City, Mo., on July 9, the day before the All-Star Game.
In order to replicate the surroundings Stanton will be encountering at Kaufman Stadium, he was on the field early — before the rest of the team — for batting practice, the cage was rolled back from home plate, and he pulled the ball to generate more power.
Stanton hit a ball off the center-field scoreboard, crushed three off a glass-paneled restaurant in the second deck and launched one ball over the left-field bleachers and clear out of the ballpark.
“I don’t think he was really even trying that hard,’’ teammate Logan Morrison said.
Said Stanton: “If I start trying too hard, it’s going to be topspin rollovers [ground balls]. If I don’t try to do too much, that’s the only thing that’s going to hurt me.
“But you’ve got to get a little bit of the feel. You just can’t go the way I take B.P. and then change everything up for that day. So you’ve got to get a little practice when you do something like that."
Emilio Bonifacio is scheduled to play in a minor-league game on Wednesday for Single A Jupiter as he works is way back from a thumb injury.
Guillen said the plan calls for Bonifacio to come off the disabled list and return to the Marlins lineup on July 13.
Pitcher Edward Mujica, on the disabled list with a broken toe, is scheduled to begin rehab work next week, and reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, whose 60-day suspension is complete this month (he is eligible to return on July 23) is expected to make his first minor-league appearance Saturday.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 3.94 ERA) at Milwaukee Brewers RHP Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50), 4:10 p.m., Miller Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (5-5, 3.80) at Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (2-6, 5.78).
• Scouting report: Of the 106 qualified major league pitchers, Anibal Sanchez ranks 102nd in run support received — 4.59 runs per game. Sanchez is coming off his first victory since May 3 when he held the Cardinals to three runs over seven innings on Wednesday. Brett Hayes hit a grand slam in his only at-bat against Estrada.