ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Stanton missed his first game since April 8th on Saturday because of a right eye infection. But apparently, his eye troubles have been around for a lot longer.
After Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Rays, Stanton said he's been dealing with blurry vision since the Marlins returned from the West Coast on June 2nd. And even after battling through pink eye, the blurriness has remained.
"This has been going on for awhile now," said Stanton, who has gone 11 for 59 (.186) with four homers, nine RBI and 19 strikeouts since the Marlins came home from out West. "There's only so much you can do when your eyes are blurry and you can't see or pickup the ball. I'm not helping. There's type of injures -- and this isn't an injury -- where you can push through. But I'm not helping the team. If anything, I'm hurting them the way I'm playing. I just have to get it taken care of and get back as soon as possible."
Stanton said he's seen multiple doctors and has "tried four or five different combinations of drops," with little results. "I've pushed through it long enough," he said. "We've waited it out. There's no progress."
The Marlins are sending Stanton to a new doctor when they return home Monday.
NOLASCO CAN'T SOLVE WOES: Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said before Saturday's game he needed Ricky Nolasco to step up.
The Marlins' second-best pitcher heading into the season couldn't do it and simply went through more misery on Saturday. Over five innings, he gave up eight hits, five earned runs, walked one and failed to strike out a hitter for only the third time in his career.
Over his last five starts, he's gone 0-3 with a 8.20 ERA over 26 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .371 off him during the stretch.
"He was up in the zone today and that's why he got hit," Rodriguez said. "Pretty much the same story. He's throwing 90, 92. He's missing the spot. He's not using both sides of the plate. It's pretty much down the middle, up in the zone. He's going to get hurt. This is the big leagues. Breaking ball is up in the zone. There's nothing in the bottom part of the strikezone. And he keeps saying he's fine. He's struggling like the whole team."
Asked about his health after this latest start, Nolasco reiterated he's "fine."
"I'm picking the absolute worst time for myself to go through some struggles. But that's just the way the game is," Nolasco said. "Tonight, a ouple pitches were up. Couple pitches they hit were good pitches. Couple pitches they found a couple holes. When it's snowballing like this, there is not much you can do. All you can do is go out and pitch and hopefully things start turning our way."