ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Stanton was scratched from the Marlins lineup Saturday with what the team is calling a right eye infection.
Stanton participated in batting practice before the game, but met with manager Edwin Rodriguez shortly afterward. "He said his right eye was bothering him," Rodriguez said. "He was seeing the ball a little blurry, it's not 100 percent -- especially the middle, away pitch. That's when I decided to scratch him out of the lineup."
Jose Lopez took Stanton's place in the lineup and will bat seventh. How long Stanton will be out remains a mystery.
"He said it's been bothering him awhile now," Rodriguez said. "He felt like today it was getting worse. I haven't talked to the trainers about all the details. I will talk to him, see how we approach it.
"It's hard to hit a baseball when you're 100 percent. I can't imagine what he's going through the last week or so. I know he's a streaky guy and been struggling lately. But nothing this bad."
Since hitting his last home run on June 11, Stanton has gone 4 for 28 with 2 RBI and nine strikeouts.