Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton’s return still in doubt despite recent activity

The Marlins’ Kyle Barraclough fires a pitch in Sunday’s game, when he struck out the side in the eighth inning.
The Marlins’ Kyle Barraclough fires a pitch in Sunday’s game, when he struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is throwing. The mightiest bat on the Marlins’ payroll is taking swings.

But Marlins manager Don Mattingly said don’t confuse that with Stanton being any closer to getting back into the lineup before the regular season ends.

“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 finale 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.

strikeouts galore

When Kyle Barraclough struck out the side in the eighth inning, he tied Carter Capps’ June 2015 mark for the second-most strikeouts by a Marlins reliever in a month.

The 23 by both pitchers is one behind Matt Mantei’s 24 in May 1999.

double trouble

While hitting into six double plays set a Marlins record, turning six tied a Padres team mark.

The six double plays is a San Diego record for a nine-inning game.

just a little big

Some of the few laughs in the Marlins’ clubhouse after the game came when former Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki pulled on a Walter Jones Seahawks game jersey autographed to him by the Hall of Fame offensive tackle.

Jones went 6-5, 325 during his playing days. Ichiro is, officially, 5-11, 174. The jersey fit like a demure cocktail dress.


▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA) at New York Mets RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 11.57), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.

▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85) at Mets RHP Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.51), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.

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