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Giancarlo Stanton returns from DL after missing 25 games

Giancario Stanton

Miami Marlins’ Giancario Stanton gestures as he begins to run the bases after hitting the game-winning grand slam against the New York Mets in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, May 13, 2012. The Marlins won 8-4. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


Giancarlo Stanton was expected to miss 4-6 weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery on July 8 and sure enough he’s back from the disabled list one day short of a month later.

Stanton returns after missing 25 games, during which the Marlins went 8-17 to fall out of contention and into a last-place tie in the NL East.

Stanton initially tried to play through loose bodies in his knee, but was in and out of the lineup before ultimately deciding to go under the knife. Prior to being shut down he hit .284 with 19 homers, 20 doubles, and a career-high .919 OPS in 80 games and made his first All-Star team.

He went 5-for-16 with two homers on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A.