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Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton ‘close’ to returning to lineup

 
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Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, “We’re getting close” on power hitter Giancarlo Stanton’s return to the lineup, but also, “We can’t put a timetable on it.”

Stanton, out since April with an injured right hamstring, did some hitting and fielding Friday afternoon.

“He said he felt a lot better, which is great,” Redmond said. “[On Thursday], I wasn’t sure, he said he was not feeling great, but he ended up doing the running. He’s still a little bit sore, but he wants to play. He’s been able to go out there and move around. He’ll run again [Friday], maybe do some light shagging in the outfield.”

Redmond said he doesn’t want Stanton back for spurts of health alternating with blocs of missed games.

“He’s got to feel he can go out and play for the long haul,” Redmond said.

The Marlins entered Friday last in the majors in home runs (27) and slugging percentage (.315).

McKeon’s surgery

Marlins special assistant and former manager Jack McKeon, 82, remains in a North Carolina hospital after his bypass surgery got delayed from Thursday to Monday.

According to a report from MLB.com, an emergency case in the Duke University hospital got priority over McKeon’s operation.

Nine-RBI game

On Thursday night, Marlins outfield prospect Jake Marisnick tied a Southern League record by driving in nine runs with double and two grand slams for Jacksonville against Pensacola in Double A play.

Marisnick, born in Tampa but drafted out of Riverside (Calif.) Polytechnic High School, was a third-round pick by Toronto who came to the Marlins in last summer’s tradeoff of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson. Redmond knew the 6-3, 225-pound Marisnick from his time coaching at Single A Lansing (Mich.) in the Toronto organization. Marisnick’s only double-digit home run season, 14, came at Lansing in 2011.

“We all know that he can play center field, he can run and do a lot of things,” Redmond said. “The biggest question for him is just the consistency with the bat. He’s a big guy, who can run, but he’s got the power. I know when I was in Toronto, we all talked about “when is that going to show?” That’s really the question. He can play major-league center field right now. It’s a matter of improvement with the bat.”

Still, Redmond’s text messages to his former Lansing player weren’t exactly Norman Vincent Peale: “Was the mascot pitching?” and “Nice night. Was the wind blowing out at 30 mph?”

Redmond said, “I gave him a bad time. He wouldn’t know what to do if I actually complimented him.”

Coming up

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA) vs. New York Mets RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 12.00), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59) vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: McHugh’s a reliever turned starter whose one appearance against the Marlins was a disaster — two hits and the game-winning run allowed last October.

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