Stanton day to day with left wrist contusion

Stanton day to day with left wrist contusion

MIAMI -- Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton came out of the Marlins' 6-1 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday with a left wrist contusion in the seventh inning. Stanton is day to day, but manager Mike Redmond anticipates him to be in the lineup for Thursday's opener of a four-game home series against the Mets.

Stanton grimaced and shook his left arm after striking out to end the fifth inning, but he came back to play in the sixth, even catching the final out of the frame. Redmond took him out of the game in the next inning for precautionary reasons. Marcell Ozuna moved over to right field, with Reed Johnson taking over in left.

"It was just getting tighter and tighter," Stanton said. "Even on my first swing, I hurt it a little bit. It will be fine. I'll be there tomorrow."

Stanton initially injured his hand when he crashed into the wall on Chris Coghlan's double in the first inning. But it didn't seem to affect Stanton in the bottom of the inning, when he drilled a 2-1 pitch to right-center field for his 20th homer. Stanton went 1-for-3 on Wednesday.

"I wasn't too concerned [after that homer], but as the game went along, it looked like maybe [his wrist] was continuing to get a little bit sore," Redmond said.

Though Stanton's left hand was swollen after the game, he shouldn't need any tests. The slugger should be good to go on Thursday if he has no issues during batting practice.

"It didn't feel too bad on contact," Stanton said. "Swings and misses were when they hurt a lot."

Stanton's homer off Jake Arrieta -- the eighth of his career against the Cubs -- puts him in a special place in team history. Stanton is the fourth Marlin to connect for at least 20 round-trippers in the first 71 games of the season. Gary Sheffield tops the list with 22 homers in the first 71 games of the 1996 season, while Mike Lowell is second with 21 in 2003. The most recent to reach 20 homers by the 71st game was Dan Uggla in '08. 

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter