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NL East Update: The one where Giancarlo doesn’t feel pain, but the Mets do

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a minor injury on his hand, but should be fine in the next few days.

First off, I love the switch from Mike to Giancarlo. Second, this injury is not a big deal in the least bit and he will be back in no time. This is a big season for Stanton, who looks to make a (new) name for himself on a team with a new name that has new uniforms, a new manager, and will be playing in a new stadium. Hopefully there will not be any serious lingering side effects that come about during the season.

 New York Mets manager Terry Collins in becoming irritated that his team is falling victim to the injury bug…again.

There must be something in the water down in Port St. Lucie since the Mets just can’t seem to stay healthy. Whether it be an oblique injury, rib cage discomfort, or even valley fever, health does not seem to be on the Mets side. It is said teams would rather have the injuries happen earlier in Spring Training so they have time to heal, but it’s no secret that the Mets are lacking in depth and will certainly be exposed the coming weeks.

Chop-N-Change looks at second year first baseman Freddie Freeman and the expectations for 2012.

Freeman had a fantastic rookie season for the Atlanta Braves. Despite their historic collapse in late September, the one thing the Braves could hang their hats on was the development of their future stud at first base and their Rookie of the Year closer, Craig Kimbral. For some reason the advanced stats are writing Freeman off, but tell me what team wouldn’t do anything to have Freeman holding down first base for them? I’m not big into comparing minor league stats to rookie season because the majors is such a different game. I won’t even give up on Jason Heyward despite his huge sophomore slump. The Braves will play winning baseball this season, and they cannot do it without the contributions from Freeman.

The Philadelphia Phillies are wondering whether or not to trade Joe Blanton, but to some the answer is clear.

It seems like ever since Blanton was acquired by the Phillies a few years ago there has always been talk of whether or not he should be on the team. Of course he is expendable it’s just a matter of finding the right suitor. So far, Blanton has shown that he is healthy and that is all he and the Phillies could have asked for at this point. Both sides realize the spring is likely an audition for the veteran right-hander. With several scouts in the stands for his starts, I just can’t see him lasting a whole season with the Phillies, especially with the question marks surrounding the platoon at first base, which is what the Phillies should be valuing most.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us his take on what the Nationals roster will look like on Opening Day.

Nationals fans can finally go into a season feeling a huge sense of confidence. Their rotation is what has me most excited. Gio Gonzalez has been great in the spring and may be tabbed as the Opening Day starter, youngsters Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg are poised to have an injury free breakout season, followed by a world champion in Edwin Jackson and a winner in Chien-Ming Wang. How can you not be pumped with a rotation like that in a division as talented as the NL East.