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Marlins injury update: Giancarlo Stanton will reportedly return in early September

The Marlins slugger has been out with an injury since June 26th, but is set to come back soon.

According to Craig Minervini from Fox Sports Florida, Giancarlo Stanton expects to be back with the Marlins in less than two weeks.

Stanton has been out since June 26th due to a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. He underwent surgery to repair it just a couple days after, and the team announced they expected a recovery time of four to six weeks. Unfortunately, it's taken Stanton much longer than they originally anticipated, as he's now approaching the two month anniversary of his surgery.

Despite having missed the last 49 games, Stanton is only six home runs behind Nelson Cruz for the MLB lead, and just four back of Bryce Harper for the NL crown. He was on pace for a fantastic year, and thanks to his incredible start, he's already put up numbers worthy of an elite player.

PA HR ISO AVG OBP SLG wRC+ fWAR
2015 318 27 .341 .265 .346 .606 153 3.8

For most anyone, those figures would constitute an amazing campaign, but for Stanton, they're slightly disappointing. At the time of his injury, he was on pace to finish with 54 home runs, and 128 RBI, but unfortunately we were all robbed of a full season from MLB's most prodigious slugger. Thankfully it appears that we'll get to see him and his enormous power on display soon, as the Marlins finish their remaining 28 games.