The Miami Marlins are five games out of the second wildcard and are getting an important piece back into their lineup in time for the sprint to the playoffs.

The Marlins activated outfielder Giancarlo Stanton off the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Tuesday. Manager Don Mattingly said that Stanton would be limited to pinch-hitting duties, but will be able to run the bases.

“He’s basically a bat off the bench right now, and he will continue to rehab,” Mattingly said. “We feel like he will continue to get better and better. We’ll see if he will be able to get back on the field or not to play the outfield and things like that.”

Stanton hasn’t played since Aug. 13 after suffering a Grade 3 strained left groin. Initially, he wasn’t expected to return until the last week of the season, but him being back now is especially important.

The Marlins need all the help they could get and can’t afford to lose to teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, both teams which are dead last in the division and have 12 combined games left against.

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Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running FoxNews.com's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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