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Stanton will attempt to loosen his aching left shoulder up, take BP before Tuesday's game

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.