Giancarlo Stanton may return Friday

Updated: September 18, 2012, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is expected to remain out of the starting lineup until Friday with a strained muscle in his side.

Stanton said he felt a little better Tuesday, but he was held out for the second night in a row against the Atlanta Braves. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he might be available to pinch-hit.

Stanton was second in the NL with 34 home runs. His side began bothering him Saturday.


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