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Will Giancarlo Stanton return this season? It’s complicated

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton rolls over at second base after he was put out during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Miami. Stanton singled with two out in the ninth but was an easy out trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton rolls over at second base after he was put out during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Miami. Stanton singled with two out in the ninth but was an easy out trying to stretch the hit into a double. AP

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is throwing. The mightiest bat on the Marlins payroll is taking swings. But Marlins manager Don Mattingly says don’t confuse that with Stanton being any closer to getting back into the lineup before regular season’s end.

“We talked about him being possibly back the last week, and that’s if everything went absolutely perfectly,” Mattingly said before Sunday afternoon’s series closer at Marlins Park against San Diego. “That’s not getting pushed up because we’ve seen him on the field doing some things. I think he was throwing a bit. I’ve seen him hitting some balls off the tee. There’s some activity going on.

“I don’t think that’s changed the timetable of when we expect him to have even a chance to be able to do something.”

Mattingly also said the blister that caused Andrew Cashner, acquired from the Padres last month, to miss Sunday’s start against his former team shouldn’t cause him to miss another start. The last time replacement Justin Nicolino saw San Diego, he gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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