NEW YORK -- Normally you wouldn't see a player get a day off after a two-homer, four-hit, four-RBI game. But Giancarlo Stanton isn't dealing with typical circumstances.
The Marlins right fielder, who missed a month due to right knee surgery, is having his playing time monitored.
With Thursday being a day game after a night game, Stanton was not in the starting lineup in the series finale against the Mets at Citi Field.
"They have to do it," Stanton said. "I don't want to get it repeated."
Stanton underwent surgery on July 8 to remove two cartilage chips. Recovery time was expected to be four to six weeks, and the 22-year-old All-Star was back in four. Miami reinstated him on Tuesday, and he drove in five runs in his first two games back.
On Thursday morning, Stanton said his body felt fine after playing two straight nights.
At least for the first couple of weeks, Stanton likely will be rested every few days.
When he is in the lineup, he is a game-changer.
In Wednesday's 13-0 win, the Marlins offered a glimpse of how their lineup can perform in the future. Jose Reyes provided speed, and he also homered. The team manufactured runs and connected on four homers.
"If we can do things like we did [Wednesday] night," Stanton said, "have good at-bats, feed off each other, get base hits with runners in scoring position and find a way to do it, that's how the best teams do it.
"That's how first-place teams do it. They scrape away and find a way to win. That's how you've got to do it."