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Stanton is batting third and starting in right field for the Marlins' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Cardinals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Stanton was hit on the hip during his first taste of live action Sunday, but is ready to roll as the Marlins open their preseason schedule. Manager Mike Redmond is planning to mix and match his lineup throughout the spring, but his first iteration has Stanton batting third and Christian Yelich in the two-hole. Mike Morse, Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna are hitting in the fourth through sixth spots, respectively. Stanton will be a fantasy beast regardless of where he hits in the lineup, but the third position guarantees he'll see action in the first inning and would serve to be a nice volume boost if it sticks over the course of a full season.

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Stanton was hit on the left hip by a pitch Saturday in the Marlins' first simulated game but was not injured, MLB.com reports.

The $325 million slugger stepped out momentarily after the HBP but shook it off quickly. He was not hurt and was even joking about it afterward with Henderson Alvarez, who delivered the pitch. Stanton has been sporting a helmet fitted with a face guard so far in camp, a protective measure after he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch in September and suffered multiple facial fractures. While Stanton admitted that he "can't get [the face guard] fully out of [his] vision," manager Mike Redmond said the 25-year-old has looked "totally comfortable" at the dish.

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Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Marlins on Monday, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Stanton's contract includes a full no-trade clause, and an option to opt out after six years (after the 2020 season). The deal is the largest in North American sports history, surpassing Alex Rodriguez's contract with the Yankees. The team is expected to officially announce the agreement Wednesday at a press conference.

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Stanton and the Marlins are closing in on a deal worth $325 million over 13 years -- including an opt-out window after five years, CBS Sports reports.

In addition to being able to opt out at age 30, Stanton will have a full no-trade clause as well. The contract is the largest in North American sports history -- passing the $275-million contract that Alex Rodriguez received from the Yankees at age-32. The Marlins have not confirmed the deal, but it's expected to become official at some point later this week.

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Stanton and the Marlins are discussing a deal that would be for at least 10 years and at least $300 million, FOXSports.com reports. "We're having continual dialogue," Marlins GM Dan Jennings said Thursday. "I wouldn't say we're close to anything."

The proposed contract would be the largest in professional sports history, exceeding the 10-year, $292 million deal the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera signed last year. Stanton has openly questioned the commitment of the Marlins' ownership in the past, but the team took a step forward this past season (77-85), and president of baseball operations Michael Hill suggested just this week that the team may be willing to reverse its longstanding club policy of not including no-trade clauses in contracts for Stanton. The 25-year-old Stanton hit .288/.395/.555 with an NL-leading 37 homers and 105 RBI in 145 games before being hit by a pitch and suffering multiple facial fracture in mid-September.

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Stanton (head) will require 6-8 weeks before his fractures are fully healed, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

Stanton was ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season earlier on Thursday, so this development merely provides a timetable for his return to baseball activities. The former National League MVP candidate should be ready to go for spring training in 2015, and based on his outstanding 2014 numbers, will be a top fantasy option in the coming season.

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Stanton (head) will not play again this season, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Stanton was subjected to additional testing after having his stitches removed Tuesday, and it seems those tests did not yield positive results, as the team went ahead and formally ruled the 24-year-old out for the remainder of the 2014 campaign. Widely considered among the frontrunners for the NL MVP at the time of his injury, Stanton hit .288/.395/.555 with 37 homers and 105 RBI in 145 games this season. He also swiped a career-high 13 bags, and will likely be one of the top five players off the board in all leagues next year.

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Manager Mike Redmond expects an announcement regarding Stanton's status for the rest of the season by Wednesday, the Sun-Sentinel's Juan C. Gonzalez reports.

Stanton posted photos of his face Tuesday, and it certainly looks a lot better than it did initially after he suffered a facial fracture after Mike Fiers pitch hit him last week. Tuesday was also the day when his stitches were expected to be removed. Owners will want to monitor his status Wednesday for word of whether the star slugger will return to the field this season, but the general consensus is that he has likely played his last game in 2014.

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Stanton (head) is expected to have his stitches removed Tuesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

More tests will follow, which could effectively rule Stanton out for the remainder of the season. The general consensus seems to be that Stanton will not return this month, after suffering facial fractures and dental damage as a result of being hit by a Mike Fiers pitch Thursday, but manager Mike Redmond suggested Stanton will likely push to make it back.

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Stanton (head) received stitches and was released from the hospital Friday morning. Surgery is not expected to be necessary, the Associated Press reports.

Stanton was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch Thursday night and suffered facial injuries as well as dental damage. While it's certainly encouraging to see him discharged from the hospital less than 24 hours later, Stanton's season is likely over, as he'll require at least a few weeks to recuperate. The NL MVP candidate is hitting .288 with 37 home runs and 105 RBI.