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Marlins’ red-hot Giancarlo Stanton out Wednesday with hamstring discomfort


Paxton has had all kinds of injury issues in his career ’ he’s made 13, 13 and 20 starts the past three seasons, respectively ’ but was off to a brilliant beginning in 2017, with a 1.43 ERA in his first six starts. But he felt a bit of discomfort in his fifth start (seven shutout innings against the Tigers) and it didn’t get better in his sixth start, so he landed on the DL. He’s expected to come off the DL to make a start Wednesday in Colorado.

Hisashi Iwakuma made six so-so starts (4.35 ERA/6.29 FIP) before hitting the DL with shoulder inflammation. Steve Cishek finally returned from the DL on May 15, and relievers Evan Schribner and Evan Marshall are also on the DL. Ryan Weber landed on the DL after his first (and only) start of the season. Sheesh.

Giancarlo Stanton was held out of Wednesday’s lineup against the Phillies due to hamstring cramps, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said before the game, via MLB.com.

Stanton also left Tuesday night’s game early ’ after hitting his 14th home run of the season ’ with the same injury.

At this time, Stanton is expected back in the lineup Thursday.

Buyer beware was the theme on Stanton entering fantasy baseball drafts because he has a vast injury history. The slugger has failed to reach 125 games played in four of his last five years due to a litany of injuries.

Soft-tissue injuries are especially concerning for Stanton because he also suffered hamstring issues in 2011 and 2013. Some of Stanton’s injuries have been fluky (like getting drilled in the face), but his latest hamstring scare will be worth tracking.

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