Giancarlo Stanton, the National League's home run leader, said he expects to be back in the lineup Thursday after exiting the Miami Marlins home game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday because of a bruised left wrist.
Stanton was hurt when he hit the fence in right field while chasing Chris Coghlan's double in the first inning. Stanton hit his 20th home run in the bottom of the first but said the wrist bothered him more as the game progressed, and he left after six innings. Stanton also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, and he hasn't missed a game this season.
"I saw him kind of grimace in his first at-bat, but then he hit the home run and I wasn't too concerned," Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said of Stanton. "As the game went along it looked like maybe it continued to get sore on him. At that point being down 5-1, I just wanted to make sure we got him out of there. He wanted to stay in, but I was thinking about tomorrow and the next day. . . . We need this guy healthy for the long haul."
Also, the Marlins and veteran right-hander Brad Penny reached agreement on a minor league contract, pending a physical.