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NL East Notes: Stanton return, Phillies call-ups

The latest news from around the National League East.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Getting Giancarlo Stanton back would be a huge boost to the Miami Marlins as they continue their push towards the post-season. After his injury, there were rumblings that Stanton might actually be able to return early from his potential season-ending injury.

The Marlins slugger has started to do things on the field, but manager Don Mattingly made it clear that it doesn’t mean he is any closer to a return. In fact, things would need to go 100 percent perfectly for him to play during the last week of the season.

More from around the National League East:

  • Roster expansion normally opens the door for some prospects to get some time in the big leagues. For the Phillies, a team building towards the future, they will use their spots to add to their bullpen.
  • Former Braves superstar Chipper Jones has said that he likes where the Braves’ future is headed, but believes there are moves to be made.
  • Shocked at being traded, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski was also happy to be a part of a contender in the Washington Nationals.
  • The injury bug strikes again, as the Mets saw shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera leave with a knee injury, the same knee that has plagued him during the season. They also were without Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker on Sunday.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 75-55 — GB

Miami 67-63 8.0 GB

NY Mets 66-44 9.0 GB

Philadelphia 60-70 15.0 GB

Atlanta 48-83 27.5 GB