Manager Edwin Rodriguez didn't rule out the possibility of Stanton, 21, staying in the No. 6 hole.
"If he starts swinging the bat better, he should be our No. 4 hitter," Rodriguez said. "But, then again, that all depends if Gaby keeps swinging the bat and 'Lomo' also. They've been very consistent. If that lineup works, why not keep it that way?"
Stanton had just 18 at-bats in spring training because of a right quadriceps injury. He missed six of the team's first seven games because of a left hamstring strain suffered on Opening Day. He's now 7-for-34 (.206) in 12 games this year after going 1-for-3 and scoring two runs Tuesday in the Marlins' 6-0 win over the Pirates.
"He only played the last three or four games in spring training, and he was swinging good. I thought he was ready to go. I take the blame for that," Rodriguez said.
Stanton said he doesn't think the hamstring is related to his slump.
"I still can't run full speed or bend over fast. I've just got to deal with it," he said.
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