MILWAUKEE -- Giancarlo Stanton is out of the Milwaukee series. Whether the 22-year-old slugger’s injured knee keeps him out of the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game remains to be seen.
Stanton, who missed his second consecutive game Wednesday, is awaiting the results of an MRI on his right knee. He said he won’t play Thursday, either, and if he doesn’t return to the lineup over the weekend in St. Louis, he probably won’t take part in any All-Star events.
“One day at a time,” Stanton said. “It’s pretty important right now to kind of evaluate everything and make sure all is good to go.”
Stanton is the Marlins’ only All-Star representative and also was chosen to compete in the Home Run Derby. But Marlins general manager Michael Hill said the team would prefer Stanton show he can play for them before having him head to Kansas City, Mo.
“Obviously you want him to play for us before he goes to play in an exhibition game,” Hill said. “It wouldn’t be smart [otherwise]. We have a long season. If we want to get ourselves back into it, he’s a big part of it and you want to make sure he’s able to do that.”
Stanton, who leads the Marlins with 19 home runs, missed part of spring training with an injury to the same knee. He said that he reinjured it in the eighth inning on Monday while standing in right field.
“I was getting my legs and arms ready, just to throw somebody out, anticipating it, and bending my legs, and it kind of just locked up on me,” Stanton said.
Stanton did not notify manager Ozzie Guillen of the injury until he showed up for Tuesday’s game and was scratched from the lineup. Hill said the MRI was done in Milwaukee, and the team’s doctors in South Florida were looking over the tests.
“I think one knee problem is not going to be resulted in one or two days,” Guillen said. “The question is, can he tolerate pain to play? Or do we have to shut him down?”
Stanton isn’t the only Marlins outfielder dealing with a sore knee. Left fielder Logan Morrison is also dealing with a sore left knee and, with left-hander Randy Wolf going for the Brewers on Wednesday, wasn’t in the starting lineup.
Morrison made a dramatic impact, nonetheless, hitting a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh to tie the score at 5-5.
“Lomo’s knee is not too good,’’ Guillen said. “He’s banged up. I almost took him out of the game [Tuesday].’’
• Closer Heath Bell said he appreciated Guillen for standing up for him in a post-game rant inside the Marlins’ clubhouse following Tuesday’s 13-12 loss. Bell gave up a two-run walkoff homer to Aramis Ramirez in the 10th inning.
“Ozzie’s sticking up for his players, plain and simple,” Bell said. “Did it make me feel any better? No. But I totally respect and appreciate what he said. But I blew the game, plain and simple. I take full responsibility.”
• Thursday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (7-8, 3.48 ERA) at Milwaukee Brewers RHP Mike Fiers (3-2, 2.29), 2:10 p.m., Miller Park.
Friday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.62) at St. Louis Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook (7-6, 3.91), 8:15 p.m., Busch Stadium.
• Scouting report: Buehrle is coming off his second consecutive victory, a 3-2 win over the Phillies on Saturday.