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Giancarlo Stanton intends to play Saturday, participate in HR Derby

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hasn't played since July 2 because of "loose bodies" in his right knee, but, following a successful Friday workout, he intends on being in the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Cardinals. Stanton also intends to participate in Monday's Home Run Derby, tweets MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. A Saturday examination of Stanton's knee should reveal whether he'll be able to proceed as he hopes.

Long-term, Stanton tells Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that surgery will be necessary; however, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Because of his immense raw power, Stanton is one of the heavy favorites to win this year's Derby. As for the All-Star Game itself, should Stanton need to be replaced on the roster, there's a reasonable chance that Atlanta's Michael Bourn could be named as his replacement.

On the season, Stanton boasts an OPS of .918 and 19 home runs and 20 doubles in 78 games played.

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