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PHOENIX (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Marlins are getting closer to having their best offensive player back in the lineup, but by then their season may be beyond repair.

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Manager Dan Jennings says Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been cleared to begin swinging a bat.

Jennings says Stanton saw a hand specialist and was told he could begin so-called “dry swings,” with no ball involved.

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Speaking before the Marlins played Arizona on Monday night, Jennings called it “step one” in Stanton’s rehabilitation. Stanton has been out since June 27 with a left wrist hamate fracture.

Despite the three-week absence, Stanton still leads the NL in home runs with 27 and is third in RBIs with 67.

Asked about a possible return for Stanton in two weeks, Jennings said he didn’t “know that there is truly a time frame” but that Stanton will know when he’s ready to come back and resume his “tremendous season.”

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