Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a groin strain, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Sunday.
Stanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday after sustaining a groin injury in Saturday's game against the White Sox while running the bases in the 9th inning.
The loss is huge for the Marlins, who, after winning on Sunday, are tied for the second Wild Card spot with the Cardinals. Stanton, their best player, obviously will not be able to help them attempt to make the playoffs down the stretch.
Going forward, the Marlins can plug Ichiro Suzuki into Stanton's spot in right field, where he will play alongside Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna in the outfield. This injury could also lead the team to pursue Alex Rodriguez on the free agent market.
As for Stanton, 2016 will mark the fourth time in his seven-year career where he failed to play 125 games. Stanton has only played 150 or more once, precisely reaching that mark in 2011.
This season, he was hitting .244/.329/.496 with 25 home runs and 70 runs batted in over 432 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, Stanton has been worth 1.7 fWAR.
In 27 games since the second half started, Stanton was hitting .275 with five homers and 20 runs batted in over 111 plate appearances.