Good news for the Marlins has been in extremely short supply so far this season. But they received some Saturday when an MRI on Giancarlo Stanton’s injured left shoulder revealed no structural damage, and it could be only a matter of days before the All-Star outfielder returns to the lineup.
Stanton was diagnosed with a bruised shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.
“It may need a couple of days getting treatment and getting himself back to feeling good,” manager Mike Redmond said.
Stanton said he thinks he injured the shoulder while diving for a ball in the New York series last week and the discomfort reached a point where he asked out of batting practice Friday.
Redmond said the brief injury break could contain a silver lining in helping him get on track at the plate. Stanton is hitting .167 with no home runs or RBI.
“Sometimes when you get a couple of days off, it can give you a little bit of a breather and helps you to regroup,” Redmond said. “I hope that’s how it works.”
Most baseball people say it takes at least three years to properly assess a trade. But fans in Toronto are probably none too pleased with the early returns on their 12-player deal with the Marlins in November.
After getting off to a sizzling start for the Blue Jays, Jose Reyes injured an ankle Friday night and could be lost for months. Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson have looked awful in their initial starts. And Emilio Bonifacio has been horrible at the plate and in the field.
The fifth player the Marlins sent to Toronto in that deal, John Buck, leads the National League in home runs with six and RBI with 19. But he has been doing it for the New York Mets, who obtained him a separate deal with Toronto.
However, none of the seven players the Marlins received in the deal have set the world on fire, either. Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, backup catcher Jeff Mathis is on the DL with a broken collarbone, and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was hitting only .167 entering play Saturday.
Other than shortstop Yunel Escobar, whom the Marlins flipped to Tampa in a separate deal, all of the other players obtained from Toronto in the trade are in the Marlins’ minor-league system. One, outfielder Jake Marisnick, is on the DL at Double A Jacksonville while another, left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino, is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA after two starts for Single A Jupiter.
The Marlins signed veteran reliever David Aardsma to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple A New Orleans. Aardsma, 31, announced the news via Twitter.
Aardsma, a right-hander, saved 69 games for Seattle in 2009-10 before undergoing Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the 2011 season. He was released by the Yankees this month after eight spring training relief appearances.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.19) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (0-2, 4.73), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 3.27) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 2.08), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: According to Elias Sports Bureau, Slowey became the first pitcher to lose 10 consecutive starts since the Orioles’ Mike Boddicker lost 13 in a row in 1987-88. But Slowey has received the lowest run support (1.88) of any pitcher with at least 10 starts since the start of the 2011 season.