Giancarlo Stanton didn’t play Tuesday, but he made some progress toward potentially returning in the next few days.
Stanton sat out for the fifth consecutive game but took his first batting practice since sustaining a bruised shoulder and participated in defensive drills.
Stanton took several swings, hitting the ball often to the warning track. Stanton also did some throwing and catching pregame.
Manager Mike Redmond did not give an exact timetable on when Stanton would return but said Stanton told him he felt good after swinging the bat.
“We’re just going to wait and see how he responds,” Redmond said. “He hadn’t done anything in five days, so we’ll see how he feels the rest of the day and look at him [Wednesday] and go from there. I’m hoping he shows up [Wednesday] and feeling even better.”
Redmond didn’t rule out the possibility of Stanton returning immediately to the starting lineup if he continued to feel better Wednesday.
“We don’t want to push him,” Redmond said.
“We want to make sure everything is good right now.”
Without Stanton, the Marlins’ outfield depth has suffered.
But shortly before game time Tuesday, the team got some welcome news when it got word that Austin Kearns had been cleared to resume baseball activities.
Kearns did not start Tuesday but was available to play.
Redmond said Kearns underwent his follow-up medical tests Tuesday after being discharged from the hospital on Monday. Kearns was admitted Sunday afternoon after showing up to Marlins Park complaining of an irregular heartbeat.
Steve Cishek had a tough time concentrating too much on baseball Monday after he learned of the explosions that killed three people and injured more than 170 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
“I was in shock when I heard,” Cishek said. “It scared me when I heard, and I couldn’t take myself away from the TV. I wanted to learn more about what was going on.”
Cishek, a native of Falmouth, Mass., about 90 miles from Boston, said none of his relatives was near the blast, but he had an acquaintance who was hospitalized by flying shrapnel near the blast. Cishek was grateful to find out Tuesday that his friend was recovering.
“One of my friends was there, but he left 10 minutes before the explosion went off so he’s OK, thankfully,” Cishek said. “But one of his friends, this girl I know that used to work at The Clevelander here [at Marlins Park] ended up at the hospital, but she’s doing alright now.
“... It hits pretty hard, but all you can do is sit back and pray.”
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.69), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (0-0, 0.82) vs. Reds TBA.
• Scouting report: Nolasco makes his fourth start of the season, still seeking his first victory. In his last start, he held the Phillies to one run on seven hits for a no-decision in a game the Marlins lost 3-1 in 10 innings. Nolasco is 11-6 with a 3.54 ERA all-time against the Nationals.