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Kearns dischaged from hospital, but Stanton still not ready as Marlins remain in limbo

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.

MONDAY'S LINEUPS

> 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.

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