The Miami Marlins were delivered some crushing news as they learned that slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be out for the rest of the 2016 season, due to a groin injury. This injury could not have come at a worse time, as the Marlins currently hold one of the two NL Wild Card spots.
42-year old Ichiro Suzuki will see as much time as he can handle in right field the remainder of the season. If you are looking to replace Stanton or in need of an upgrade at the OF position, Ichiro could be quite valuable. He's hitting .316 with 13 RBI and a .388 OBP. He has also stolen nine bases.
If for some reason Andrew Benintendi is still available - he is the guy to own and currently just 38% owned in Yahoo leagues.
This is the second straight year that an injury has ended Stanton's season and over the past five seasons is averaging 112 games a year.
Stanton finishes the year hitting .244 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI.
Giancarlo ADP had him drafted between anywhere from 7th and 10th in most leagues, and clearly his production and inability to stay healthy have not supported him being drafted to highly. Moving forward in the next few seasons, you would be taking a huge risk drafting Stanton in the first couple of rounds. Clearly he has a ton of power but he's going to prove he can stay healthy before you can confidently draft him early.
Miami is really going to lack power down the stretch of the season. Aside from Stanton, only Marcell Ozuna (19), Justin Bour (15) and Christian Yelich (12) have hit double digit home runs.
The rest of the Marlins roster has a combined 25 home runs all season.
Expect a lot of small ball in Miami for the next month and a half.
Starting pitcher Adam Conley also landed on the 15-day DL due to finger tendinitis. Jose Urena will likely take his spot in the roation while he is sidelined.