Marlins All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has missed the team’s last four games with a sore left shoulder, will try to loosen up and take batting practice Tuesday.
Stanton said he’s still experiencing a “pinching” pain when he tries to raise his arm, but will try to give it a go Tuesday if he's able to take batting practice pain-free.
“It's gotten significantly better,” said Stanton, who injured the shoulder making a diving catch against the Mets two weekends ago. “Before I couldn't even lift my arm up at all. It's one of those dead arm, dead shoulder type deals.
"It's where the bone connects. That's where the bruise is."
Stanton, who took an MRI over the weekend, received a doctor's checkup in the Marlins clubhouse Monday.
"I told him where I was at. It's gotten better. But it's still there," Stanton said "The plan is to warm up tomorrow and swing and see where its at. To bring [my left arm] up, forward [my shoulder] doesn't like that. It feels like its being compressed. It hurts putting a shirt on. We'll see."
Stanton said it stinks having to watch his teammates struggle.
"I don't like it," he said. "To sit there knowing I can't do anything at this point and I didn't even do much [before] when I was there. At least I could give something to them [before]. It's not fun to watch. I'd rather be participating."
> Marlins closer Steve Cishek, who comes from Falmouth, Mass., spent most of the day Monday checking up on friends back home who may have been injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
He told The Miami Herald after Monday's 10-3 loss to the Nationals that a girlfriend of an acquaintance was injured in the blast and was going to have surgery, but it was not believed to be life-threatening.
Cishek said he never attended the Boston Marathon when he lived in New England, but obviously has a lot of friends and family back home who have in the past.
The good news: Austin Kearns has been discharged from the hospital.
The bad news: The Marlins remain in a state of short-handed limbo because neither Giancarlo Stanton (left shoulder) nor Kearns has been cleared to play or placed on the disabled list.
Kearns, taken to a local hospital Sunday morning after showing up to Marlins Park complaining of an irregular heartbeat, was on his way over to the ballpark Monday afternoon but still has has a couple tests to do Tuesday according to manager Mike Redmond.
Stanton, who hasn't played since last Wednesday, told Redmond his shoulder is "still pinching him" and was seeing a doctor again on Monday. Redmond said he hopes to have a better idea on how long both players will be out soon.
"Like I talked about [Sunday] we're playing short-handed," the skipper said. "We can't play short-handed for too long. It's too tough. That's something we have to figure out and try to evaluate -- how long these things are going to be.
"We don't want to put guys on the DL if we don't have to -- if we feel its just going to be a couple days and we can overcome it. That's just kind of where we're at."
> Backup first baseman Joe Mahoney, recovering from an intercostal strain, is still working down in Single A Jupiter. He's played in two games thus far and is 5-for-8 with a home run and an RBI. Redmond said he would be playing again Monday night against Bradenton.
> Nationals (7-5): 1. Denard Span CF, 2. Jayson Werth RF, 3. Bryce Harper LF, 4. Ryan Zimmerman 3B, 5. Ian Desmond SS, 6. Tyler Moore 1B, 7. Steve Lombardozzi 2B, 8. Kurt Suzuki C, 9. Jordan Zimmerman RHP.
> Marlins (2-10): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Chris Coghlan CF, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Greg Dobbs 1B, 5. Justin Ruggiano RF, 6. Rob Brantly C, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Wade LeBlanc LHP.