Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with yet another injury.
The oft-injured slugger didn’t make scheduled trip to Viera for Monday’s game against the Nationals due to what manager Don Mattingly said was soreness in Stanton’s right knee.
It’s the same knee that required surgery in 2012 to remove bone chips.
“At this point, I’m not going to be too concerned,” Mattingly said. “But we pay attention. It’s sore for a reason. We’re not sure what it is.”
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Mattingly said he was unsure whether Stanton would have a MRI.
“The one thing we’ll be is cautious,” Mattingly said. “We have time right now. I’m not really worried about it.”
Mattingly said Stanton, like any position player, wouldn’t require as much time to be ready for the sason.
“It takes those guys three weeks and they can be ready,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he received a call Sunday from team trainer Sean Cunningham notifying him that Stanton was dealing with a sore knee.
“He came in [Sunday} with a little soreness in his knee,” Mattingly said. “At that point, we’re like, okay, I’m not taking him [to Viera] tomorrow.”
Stanton has played in two games so far this spring. He played Saturday against the Cardinals, going 0 for 1 with a walk. He was replaced with a pinch-runner, which is normal for most starting position players early in spring training.
Stanton has had a long history with injuries.
In addition to knee surgery in 2012, he was struck in the face with a pitch toward the end of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the final 17 games, and he missed the second half of last season after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand.