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Giancarlo Stanton sees hand specialist, cleared to begin dry swings; Jarred Cosart diagnosed with vertigo -- again

PHOENIX -- Giancarlo Stanton is ready to swing a bat again, even though it'll probably be at least two weeks before he's doing it for the Marlins. Stanton was checked out Monday by a hand specialist, who gave the slugger the green light to begin dry swings.

Stanton has been out since June 27 with a broken hamate bone. At the time, the timeframe for recovery was four to six weeks. But it remains uncertain exactly when he'll be able to return to the Marlins' lineup.

"I don't know that there's truly a timeframe," said Marlins manager Dan Jennings. "He'll know and he'll tell us. One thing about Giancarlo, he's very straightforward and very honest with his own assessment of himself and where he is. He's putting together a tremendous year, and you know he wants to be back."


The frustrations continue for pitcher Jarred Cosart, who saw doctors on Sunday and was told the dizziness he experienced in his most recent minor-league outing could be attributed to vertigo -- the same condition that landed him on the DL in May.

"They're going to run some more test and we should have the results of that a little later in the week," Jennings said of Cosart. "I hope for his sake, and ultimately our sake, that they can determine the cause of that and find some resolution, because we need him back. But we need him to be healthy first."


Henderson Alvarez's second minor-league rehab start with Single A Jupiter wasn't any more impressive than his first one. Alvarez went three innings on Monday for the Hammerheads, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a pair of walks. He didn't record any strikeouts.

Alvarez, who is trying to work his way back from right shoulder inflammation, was scheduled to throw up to 60 pitches on Monday. The outing follows his first rehab start last week when he allowed two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings.


The Marlins are receiving good reports on recently demoted outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who hit .351 with a pair of home runs in his first nine games for Triple A New Orleans. But it remains to be seen when he'll be called up by the Marlins.

"Last night, (Ozuna had) two doubles off the wall and threw a runner out trying to advance to second base," Jennings said. "It's good to see."