If the fans don’t vote Giancarlo Stanton onto the starting lineup for the All-Star game as an outfielder, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny can put him on there as the National League’s designated hitter.
Call it an executive order without threat of a lawsuit.
“Oh, that guy,” Matheny deadpanned with a smile when asked whether he was considering Stanton for the DH role.
Matheny, who will manage the NL All-Stars, has already been informed which players are on the team. Rosters are to be announced Sunday. But when asked about the DH, and Stanton in particular, he was non-revealing, saying only that “they’re under consideration.”
“He’s had a great year,” Matheny said of Stanton. “I think everybody understands and appreciates what kind of job he’s done.”
But if Stanton doesn’t finish among the top three vote-getters among NL outfielders, it’s within Matheny’s power to make sure the league’s top home run hitter is in the lineup as the DH.
So what criteria will Matheny use to decide?
“I think you take into consideration the fan vote,” Matheny said. “This is a fan-driven game now. I think you take into consideration the player vote. These guys watch with skeptical eyes. So all that is going into the decision.”
Stanton was fourth in the most recent fan-voting release, and he’s sure to receive strong support from players.
“The player vote, he’s going to be on everybody’s list,” predicted Stanton’s teammate, Jeff Baker.
DIETRICH PLACED ON 15-DAY DL
Manager Mike Redmond said Dietrich injured his wrist while taking a practice swing in the on-deck circle Tuesday.
“The next day he was swinging in the cage, took quite a few swings, and it just kind of blew up on him,” Redmond said. “So they went and got him checked out with a MRI, and we put him on the DL.”
The Marlins called up outfielder Jake Marisnick from Triple A New Orleans to fill Dietrich’s roster spot. They’ll have to make another move, likely on Monday when the team gets to Arizona, when they bring shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria off the DL.