MIAMI – For the second year in a row, Giancarlo Stanton’s chances of winning the major league home run title have been hurt by an injury.
The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.
Stanton, who grimaced as he swung and missed for strike three Friday night in the ninth inning of the Marlins’ 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the injury became worse as the game progressed.
“On a swing, my bat dug into my hand a little bit and didn’t feel the greatest,” he said Friday after the loss. “It got worse and worse.”
Stanton led the majors with 27 homers and 67 RBI when sidelined. Last year he was in the thick of the home run race when a beaning ended his season Sept. 11, and he finished tied for second in the majors with 37 homers.
The latest injury means Stanton will miss the All-Star Game as well as the Home Run Derby, and it’s a big blow to a team that lost its fifth game in a row Friday to fall a season-worst 15 games below .500.