Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was not in the Marlins’ starting lineup against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, getting a day to rest what he and the team described as a strained muscle in his side.
Stanton pointed to his right side when describing the injury and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen described it as an oblique strain, though the team’s official announcement was that Stanton had “left intercostal soreness.”
Stanton said he expects to be in the lineup today. Guillen suggested he would be cautious with Stanton, who came into Monday second in the NL with 34 home runs.
“He’s got a little soreness, that oblique, rib cage,” Guillen said. “He’s been dealing with that for a little while and this is something you have to really, really, really, really be careful about because that thing can go for weeks. We’re going to go by ear to see how he feels in the next couple of days, and from that we’ll make a decision when he’s playing.”
Justin Ruggiano got the call to start in right field for Stanton, while first baseman Carlos Lee moved into the cleanup spot in the order.
Stanton said the strain first became an issue on Saturday. He was in Sunday’s lineup, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, and was in the lineup the Marlins originally distributed Monday afternoon, several hours before game time.
“Just a day,” he said, when asked how long he would be out of the lineup.
Lewis gets one-year extension
The Texas Rangers have agreed on a one-year contract extension with Colby Lewis, the injured right-hander who could have been a free agent after this season.
The AL West-leading Rangers announced the deal for the 2013 season Monday but did not release financial terms.
Lewis was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts this season before surgery in July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.
Originally drafted by the Rangers in 1999 with a compensation pick between the first and second rounds, Lewis is 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA in 80 starts since rejoining the team in 2010 after two seasons in Japan. He is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts.
Tigers’ Avila hurt in collision
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was out of the starting lineup Monday against the White Sox after he collided with teammate Prince Fielder while chasing a foul ball a day earlier.
Avila and Fielder converged on the foul ball near the first base dugout in the sixth inning at Cleveland and Fielder’s elbow hit Avila in the jaw, sending the catcher stumbling backward before he fell to the ground.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Avila was available to play or pinch hit in Monday’s makeup game against Chicago, but he did not play. Gerald Laird caught for the Tigers and had one hit.