On balance, Giancarlo Stanton said the enjoyment he has experienced this season with the Marlins doesn’t outweigh the misery he felt the previous five.
But those feelings, he said, aren’t meant to imply anything about his future intentions with the team.
Stanton continues to remain vague on that front.
“There’s no positives and negatives to it,” Stanton said of the team’s improvement this season and how it compares to previous years. “You can’t assume anything of how I’m basing my future on this tiny spurt. There’s no ‘I’m staying forever’ or ‘I’m leaving forever.’ ”
Stanton was clarifying a statement he gave to Yahoo! Sports, one in which he was quoted as saying, “Five months doesn’t change five years.”
Some have construed that to mean Stanton is unhappy in Miami and has no intention of agreeing to a long-term contract extension the Marlins intend to offer him after the season.
Even if Stanton doesn’t agree to a deal, the Marlins are still expected to sign him for the 2015 season. Stanton isn’t eligible for free agency until after 2016.
Stanton said he can’t win with whatever he says about his future.
“If I say ‘I don’t know,’ then [it’s] he’s out,” he said. “If I say anything else, it’s he’s in. You guys in the media bug me by saying that if we’re playing well, it’s I’m a lifelong Marlin. If we’re not, then he’s not.”• Reliever Bryan Morris was diagnosed Wednesday with a strained groin and is listed as day-to-day.
Morris, who returned to Miami on Tuesday to see doctors, could rejoin the team in Atlanta on Friday when the Marlins open a three-game series against the Braves.
“He’ll stay in Miami and get treatment the next couple of days, and then we’ll see how he feels,” manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s just a matter of calming it down. It’s not a long-term deal.”• A good piece of acting by Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Tuesday night might have spared the Marlins from sustaining their first shutout loss since June 21. With the Marlins down to their last out and trailing 8-0 to the Angels, Saltalamacchia swung at what appeared to be strike three to end the game.
But Saltalamacchia contended his bat got a piece of the ball — even though replays showed the bat was nowhere close to the ball — and the home-plate umpire agreed. Given a reprieve, Saltalamacchia doubled on the next pitch to drive in Garrett Jones and extend the Marlins’ streak of not being blanked to 57 games in a row.
“Doing my part,” Saltalamacchia said with a grin. “Anything I can do.”
COMING UP• Thursday: Off day.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.82 ERA) at Atlanta Braves RHP Ervin Santana (13-7, 3.60), 7:35 p.m., Turner Field.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (2-1, 2.08) at Braves RHP Aaron Harang (10-8, 3.60), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.