8/27/2014 8:58 P.M. ET
Yelich reflects on youth camps run by Scioscia
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Growing up in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Christian Yelich regularly attended games at Dodger Stadium. But dating back to when the Marlins left fielder was 8-years-old, he had a connection to the other baseball team in Los Angeles.
In his early seasons playing youth baseball, Yelich attended camps run by Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
"I've got pictures with him," Yelich said. "I have a couple of signed baseballs."
Southern California is certainly an area rich in baseball talent. Yelich is now a rising star on a long list.
In the Marlins' 7-1 win over the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Yelich had three hits, including a double that missed clearing the wall in right field by inches.
Facing the Angels is a reminder to Yelich that 14 years ago he participated in Scioscia's camps.
Yelich graduated from Westlake Village High School in 2010. Scioscia is still a Westlake resident.
The Marlins selected Yelich with the 23rd overall pick in the in 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and he reached the big leagues last July.
In May of this year, Yelich made his first big league trip to the West Coast, when the Marlins visited the Padres, Dodgers and Giants.
Dodger Stadium is closer to his home, about 40 minutes away, compared to a couple of hours drive to Anaheim.
"I've come to a few games here," Yelich said. "I went to the All-Star Game in 2010 before I signed. I went to four or five games here. But I live way closer to Dodger Stadium."
Stanton clarifies remark, maintains stance on future
ANAHEIM -- Speculation is coming at a rapid rate, but there is one constant about Giancarlo Stanton's stance when it comes to questions about his future. The Marlins slugger is dealing in the here and now. Anything else must wait.
The two-time All-Star isn't leaning one way or the other about if he is interested in a multi-year deal with the Marlins.
Stanton has been very consistent on this point, making it clear before Spring Training that he was taking a wait-and-see approach.
On Monday, more speculation surfaced when Stanton was quoted in a story by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports as saying: "Five months doesn't change five years."
That comment has been taken as Stanton wants out of Miami.
Stanton clarified what he meant to Marlins beat reporters on Wednesday.He said he was summing up his mindset from when he was first called up in 2010 to now. There have been tough times, including three straight last-place finishes, plus a 100-loss season in 2013.
Stanton says that doesn't mean he is unhappy in Miami or that he doesn't believe the organization can't become an attractive place to play.
"That does not mean there's more bad to come," Stanton said. "That does not mean there's more good to come."
Stanton is being careful with his words because he doesn't want to come across as saying he wants to stay long term or leave. That topic is for another day.
The slugger, who paces the National League in homers (33) and RBIs (97), will further evaluate his situation in the offseason. The Marlins are expected to present Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe, with a multi-year offer.
If no extension is finalized, Stanton will be arbitration-eligible through 2016. The Marlins have no interest in trading the NL MVP candidate, even if a multi-year contract isn't reached.
Assessing the Marlins as of now, the team is on the fringe of NL Wild Card contention and has bonded together nicely.
"We're here," Stanton said. "Were in a good spot. This is where we are now. There is no, 'Am I staying forever, am I leaving forever?' There is no answer to that."
Morris has groin strain, but could return soon
ANAHEIM -- The Marlins received some encouraging news regarding reliever Bryan Morris.
After being examined back in Miami, the hard-throwing right-hander was diagnosed with a strained right groin, and the club is hopeful he won't miss an extended period of time.
Used in a setup role to closer Steve Cishek, Morris experienced some discomfort after pitching on Saturday night at Colorado. He returned to Miami on Tuesday, and the team initially called it a right hip issue.
The reliever's status is day to day.
"He will stay in Miami and get treatment the next couple of days, and then we'll see how he feels," manager Mike Redmond said.
The Marlins wrap up a three-game series at the Angels on Wednesday. The club is off on Thursday before facing the Braves for three games at Turner Field this weekend.
Redmond didn't rule out Morris being available for the Atlanta series.
"It's just a matter of calming it down," Redmond said. "It's really on him as far as when he will be ready to pitch."
Miami acquired Morris from the Pirates on June 1 for a Competitive Balance pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
The right-hander has a 7-0 record and a 1.76 ERA in his time with the Pirates and Marlins this season. Morris has had scoreless outings in 31 of his 35 appearances since joining Miami.
"Hopefully it's not a long-term deal," Redmond said. "We're anticipating it will not be. But you never know. We'll see how he reacts to the treatments the next couple of days."
A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn and Chris Hatcher are eighth-inning options with Morris out.