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09/25/12 7:57 PM ET

Stanton eyes return to Marlins' lineup Wednesday

ATLANTA -- Barring setbacks, Giancarlo Stanton could be back in the Marlins' lineup on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old slugger hasn't played since Sept. 16 because of a sore left intercostal muscle.

But on Tuesday, Stanton took about 70 swings in the cages. There is some discomfort, but not enough to completely shut him down for the rest of the season.

"I figure we have one shot left in the season," Stanton said. "Do you wait out until you have two games left? Or do you push it a little early, and see what you've got?"

Stanton tweaked his side while sliding into home plate on Sept. 15 against the Reds. He played the following day, but it bothered him swinging the bat.

Manager Ozzie Guillen hasn't firmly committed to starting Stanton on Wednesday, but he is strongly considering it.

The Marlins have eight games left, and the All-Star right fielder hopes to contribute for a team that is in need of a boost.

Stanton has 34 home runs and 81 RBIs in 117 games.

"He's hitting today," Guillen said. "He's going to let me know after practice. We'll go from there."

Miami's outfield is thin because Stanton, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Kearns are all dealing with ailments.

Ruggiano returned to Miami to get an MRI on his right shoulder. Kearns has had back discomfort.

Kearns says he is ready to pinch-hit.

Fredi brushes off Loria's recent comments

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did not provide much of a reaction when asked about Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's decision to describe Gonzalez as a "colossal failure" during his years as the Marlins' manager.

"I saw the comments, and it is not that big of a deal," said Gonzalez, who was hired by Loria to serve as the Marlins' manager before the 2007 season and then fired midway through the '10 season.

The Miami Herald on Sunday quoted Gonzalez saying: "There's not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough. Not Connie Mack, not anyone."

Loria responded after the Marlins completed three-game series against the Mets on Sunday.

"Classless," Loria said to reporters waiting outside the Marlins' clubhouse. "And you can quote me on that. Especially because he was with us for five years and he was a colossal failure. Not nice. Not nice."

Gonzalez did not backtrack on the quotes that appeared in the original article.

"That's what I said," Gonzalez said. "When the guy asked the question, I said he's the owner of the team and a tough guy to please, and no matter who is managing his team, there's going to come a time when he doesn't think he's good enough. That's his prerogative."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.