Miami Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Fox Sports. Stanton is expected to have surgery next week.
He suffered the injury on a swing and miss in the sixth inning and stayed in the game even though, he said, the pain grew worse. After a ninth-inning strikeout, his third, Stanton was in visible pain, grimacing as he walked back to the dugout. His hand was swollen, and he said afterward that the final at-bat was “the icing on the cake.”
Stanton, who leads the major leagues with 27 home runs and 67 runs batted in, has not played a full season since 2011 because of injuries.
He signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Marlins prior to the 2015 season, the largest contract in MLB history. The Marlins are 30-45 and in fourth place in the National League East.