The Miami Marlins have announced that Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss the rest of the season.
A star slugger who earlier this season hit the farthest hit home run in Major League Baseball history (495 ft.) suffered a left groin injury on Saturday while trying to stretch out a double against the Chicago White Sox.
“He looked like he got shot, ” recollected Marlins manager, Don Mattingly. “You just see the leg give out. Obviously it’s not a very good sign when you see that. Hopefully he’s out a couple of weeks, and we get back at it. If not, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.”
Stanton is earning the largest contract in Major League history, won the 2016 Home Run Derby, and leads the Marlins with 25 home runs and 70 RBI.
Many baseball pundits have speculated that the Marlins, now missing both Stanton and starting first baseman, Justin Bour (who has hit 15 home runs on the season), may sign Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez played his final game as a New York Yankee on Friday and is a Miami native.
Marlins President of Baseball Operations, Michael Hill, confirmed that the team has discussed whether signing Rodriguez is a viable option.
“We’re going to look at everything,” explained Hill. “There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the Yankees front office; I don’t know where his head is on that.”