Giancarlo Stanton may be back in a Miami Marlins uniform again this MLB season after all.
Despite suffering a grade three left groin strain that most figured would end his 2016 campaign unless the Marlins reach the postseason, Stanton has expressed a desire to return to the team before then, president of baseball operations Michael Hill revealed on Sunday.
The Marlins are 8.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East, but they only trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 1.5 games for the final wildcard spot.
"He's going to be back," Hill said, via MLB.com. "He's told me he's going to be back. He's going to help this team get into October and help us get through October."
Stanton, who has 25 home runs and 70 RBIs this season, suffered the injury on August 13 against the Chicago White Sox on the final play of the game.
He went on the disabled list the next day and was initially given a six-week timetable.
"His rehab, to this point, has been great," Hill said. "All of the feedback we've been getting has been very positive, and he's in good spirits.
"I don't think we'll be able to truly assess where he's at until he is doing functional, on-field stuff. In terms of the healing process and regaining strength and everything in that area, he's been great."