Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton took in Thursday’s 5-4, series-sweeping victory over the Giants in the dugout with his teammates.
He was named the National League’s Player of the Month for June after hitting .344 with 12 homers and 24 RBI. Stanton, who had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand last Sunday, still hasn’t spoken with reporters since the procedure.
The Marlins improved to 4-1 without him.
“It sucks for him,” said left fielder Christian Yelich, who is 9 for 14 since Stanton went on the disabled list. “It’s kind of a freak injury, frustrating. Hopefully, he comes back as soon as he can. Hopefully, we’re still playing meaningful games at that point. That’s our goal.”
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Jose Fernandez made a triumphant return to the Marlins’ rotation Thursday. Jarred Cosart is hoping to have the same kind of success Saturday night at Wrigley Field. That’s when Cosart, who came off the disabled list last week and was put in the bullpen, will make his first start since May 13 at Dodger Stadium.
Although the Marlins (34-46) sent rookie Jose Urena back down to Triple A New Orleans on Thursday to make room for Fernandez and have set their rotation for now, Cosart (1-3, 4.12 ERA in seven starts this season) is under no illusions that his spot is set in stone.
He knows the Marlins have about seven to eight qualified arms to start and said every starter in the organization at any moment can get traded, changing the landscape. Cosart said all of the starting pitchers in the organization pretty much expect someone to get traded.
“I think it gives guys an on-edge feeling,” Cosart said. “I don’t know if it’s good or bad. Sometimes, it helps you perform and sometimes it hurts you. I know it helps me. It motivates me. You pitch well for the team here to want to keep you, and then also you’re pitching every day for 29 other teams regardless of how you look at it.
“One day I might not be with the Marlins. One day Tom [Koehler] might not be here or Brad [Hand]. It doesn’t matter what you read, what you say, it’s just the fact of the business. There are 700 players who get to do this and a lot of guys have been traded — a lot of good pitchers. Dan [Haren] has pitched for a lot of teams. It’s just kind of how it works.”
BOUR THE BOPPER
Justin Bour’s three-run home run Thursday marked the third game in a row he has gone deep. He did that once before, hitting three out from May 27-31. Bour was hitting .131 for most of June before he got on this tear.
“You can’t replace Stanton — there’s no really getting around that,” he said. “But I think people have just stepped up and tried to do as best they could.”
▪ Miguel Rojas matched a career high with three hits Thursday, including his first career triple.
“I’ve been having good at-bats,” he said. “I have to thank the organization for letting me play every day in Triple A. That was huge for me because I was working on my offense down there. Now I feel comfortable, and I feel like I can hit. The only thing I have to do now is do it at this level.”
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (6-4, 3.66 ERA) at Chicago Cubs RHP Jason Hammel (5-3, 2.92), 2:10 p.m., Wrigley Field.
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (1-3, 4.12) at Cubs RHP Donn Roach (0-1, 10.80), 7:15 p.m., Wrigley Field.