|2013 Regular Season|
Stanton, who led the NL in slugging last year, waited 65 at-bats to hit his first homer Saturday. He hit another in the first inning off Carlos Villanueva to put Miami ahead 2-1. The All-Star right fielder singled home a run and later scored in the sixth. He homered again leading off in the eighth against Kameron Loe and finished 3 for 3 to raise his average to .243.
Stanton underwent an MRI on Tuesday and said the diagnosis was a grade-two strain on the one-to-three scale for the injury. He was hurt trying to beat out a grounder in Monday's 15-inning victory over the New York Mets, and was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Stanton had just one RBI on the season entering the contest.
Stanton was back in the lineup Thursday against Cincinnati.
X-rays were negative with no sign of a concussion, and Stanton says his vision returned to normal after a few hours. He expects to play in the Marlins' first spring training game Saturday.
Stanton was struck on the lower edge of the helmet above his neck during an intrasquad game Wednesday. He remained on his feet but left the game, then signed autographs as he walked to a golf cart and was driven by a team trainer to the clubhouse for evaluation. Stanton said he didn't expect to miss any playing time, but further medical evaluation was planned.
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