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Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton trying out new bat to ease hand pain

After missing the second half of last season with a broken hand, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is trying out a new bat at spring training.

The Axe Bat has a flared, tapered handle that's designed to ease pressure on hands. Stanton, who broke the hamate bone in his left hand, is giving it a spin to see if will help him swing without pain.

The bat was used last season by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

"We'll see how it goes after swinging over and over again," Stanton told the Miami Herald. "It hasn't been painful."

Initially, Stanton was expected miss four to six weeks after having surgery in June but ended up missing the rest of the season.

"[The bat's] what I used in the offseason to prepare myself," Stanton told the Herald. "It's good. I like them. We'll have to re-evaluate in two weeks to make sure it's fully ready. In my eyes, it should be."

He said he'll keep using his specially designed helmet, which includes a face guard, that he started using after being struck in the face by a pitch in 2014.