MLB notebook: Marlins slugger Stanton to miss about a month

| Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

MIAMI — Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton expects to be sidelined for about a month because of a strained right hamstring.

Stanton underwent an MRI exam Tuesday and said the diagnosis was a grade-two strain on the one-to-three scale for the injury. He was hurt trying to beat out a grounder in Monday's 15-inning victory over the Mets and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The injury occurred just as last year's NL slugging leader showed signs of emerging from a prolonged slump to start the season. He hit his first home run Saturday and two more Sunday.

“Awesome timing,” Stanton said facetiously.

Last year, Stanton hit 37 home runs despite missing 39 games because of injuries. Now the Marlins, already saddled with the worst record in the majors, will be without their best hitter for several weeks.

Strasburg vows to make start vs. Pirates

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg may have irritated a nerve in his right arm using an electrical stimulation machine.

The machines are used by athletes to build strength and are attached with adhesive electrodes. Manager Davey Johnson said the device could have been placed too close to a nerve in Strasburg's pitching arm, leading to discomfort in Monday night's start against the Braves.

Strasburg insisted Monday that he will make his next scheduled start Saturday at the Pirates.

“I'm not missing my next start,” he said. “I'll tell you that right now.”

Hanrahan will be setup man for Red Sox

Reliever Joel Hanrahan was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox after two weeks out due to a sore right hamstring, but he won't get his old job back.

Hanrahan will serve as setup man to right-hander Andrew Bailey, who has saved five games in six chances since Hanrahan went on the DL. Hanrahan, acquired from the Pirates during the offseason, is 0-1 with three saves and an 11.57 ERA in six appearances.

MLB looks into Price, umpire spat

Rays pitcher David Price is not concerned about potential discipline from MLB after his verbal spat with umpire Tom Hallion last weekend.

Price accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him during the Rays' 8-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

After the game, Hallion vehemently denied Price's claim.

“You can't talk to me that way, period,” Price said. “That was my whole thing. It had nothing to do with the strike zone.”

Extra bases

Indians outfielder Nick Swisher (shoulder) missed Tuesday night's game against the Phillies. ... Braves right-hander Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day DL because of an anxiety disorder. … Outfielder Delmon Young was activated from the 15-day DL by the Phillies. … The Rays activated designated hitter Luke Scott from the DL.

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