Stanton went down on August 13 with a groin injury and watched the team average 3.2 runs to drop from contention for a National League playoff spot to six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card position and three games under.500. Kershaw (back), who is just off the disabled list, hasn't pitched since June 26.
While Stanton wasn't enjoying his best season prior to his injury-he had a.244 batting average along with 25 home runs and 70 RBI-opposing pitchers still had to be wary of him. Stanton was activated from the disabled list about an hour before the game and delivered a pinch-hit single in the fifth for Miami, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games. After all that came one final check-up with doctors - the Marlins nearly foreshadowed what was happening by tweeting out a photo of the chiseled Stanton with the words "Not Human" - and then the announcement of the roster move.
"He's basically a bat off the bench right now, and he will continue to rehab", Mattingly said of the three-time All-Star. "We're not talking about him being in right field three days from now".
I'm going to go with the trends here and take the Phillies and Hellickson for the victory on Wednesday. It turns out he's already ready to return to the Miami Marlins, albeit in a limited role. Pitching for Miami in the first game of the series will be Jose Fernandez.
Shelton was in his seventh season as Tampa Bay's hitting coach. They rank last in the majors in runs, and managed only 11 while going 0-6 during a homestand last week.
Suzuki had two hits, passing Rafael Palmeiro and increasing his career total to 3,021.
"Ich's homer obviously gets us back in it, gives us a little bit of life", Mattingly said.
Zimmermann left Washington as a free agent and signed a $110 million, five-year deal with the Tigers during the offseason.
The team announced the moves before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore. Chen could return to the rotation before the season ends. However, there is such a thing as finishing strong, and that is exactly what manager Pete Mackanin wants to see from the Phillies (61-76).