Over the last couple of seasons, the Miami Marlins have had a number of players deal with various injuries.
New shortstop Jose Reyes has missed numerous games over his last three seasons with the Mets due to hamstring injuries. Hanley Ramirez was forced to miss nearly half of last season with a shoulder injury and Josh Johnson has struggled greatly to stay healthy in the last two years.
With all the worry surrounding these players coming into this 2012 season, not many questioned the health of the team's 6'5'', 245-pound former college football recruit cleanup hitter.
Unfortunately for the Marlins, it looks like Giancarlo Stanton will be dealing with lingering soreness in his left knee for the unforeseeable future.
There was plenty of buzz surrounding Stanton coming into this season.
The sheer power that Miami's 22-year-old right fielder provides batting behind both Reyes and Ramirez was predicted by many to eclipse 30 HR and 100 RBI.
Doctors haven't been able to diagnose the problem and fear he might have to play through the pain all year long.
In a recent article in the Palm Beach Post, Stanton said:
“Basically, it’s the same type of stuff from spring training." He continued on by saying "there is no specific injury to it. It’s something that I’m going to have to deal with. There are times I’m going to have to deal with that, and some stretches that I won’t.”
While this type of injury may not affect his power hitting, it can affect the different aspects of his game. Miami has to be cautious with his knee through the rigorous, 162-game schedule and have already given him days off to rest.
The Marlins organization has to hope Stanton will be able to play through this injury and won't affect his further development.
Many in Miami feel Giancarlo Stanton has all the intangibles to become one of the game's next great power hitter for years to come.