MIAMI -- Right knee surgery prevented Giancarlo Stanton from competing in the 2012 All-Star Game as well as the Home Run Derby, which took place the night before the Midsummer Classic.
After missing about five weeks with a right hamstring strain, Stanton is once again in the Marlins' lineup. On Tuesday night, the 23-year-old delivered the game-changing two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Brewers.
Out for much of the season because of injury, Stanton has not built a serious case to represent the Marlins in the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field. But technically, the slugger could still head to New York and take part in the Home Run Derby, set for July 15.
The captains for the National and American League squads, respectively, are Mets third baseman David Wright and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Each captain will select three hitters, and they do not have to be players selected to the All-Star Game.
If Wright were to call, Stanton would be interested.
Asked if he would want to compete in the Home Run Derby, Stanton on Wednesday gave an immediate "of course."
The National League certainly has deserving candidates like Domonic Brown, who paces the league with 19, Carlos Gonzalez (18), Troy Tulowitzki (16) and Paul Goldschmidt (15).
Stanton, meanwhile, has four in 22 games. But in presence and immense power, few match the Marlins right fielder.
A year ago, Stanton was set to compete in the All-Star festivities, but he had his surgery the day before the Home Run Derby.
Marlins' homers coming from rare source
MIAMI -- Looks can be deceptive when it comes to Derek Dietrich.
At 6-foot, 200 pounds, the 23-year-old is not a prototypical power hitter. Yet, he certainly has the ability to knock the ball out of the park.
After connecting on a two-run shot in the Marlins' 5-4 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night, Dietrich upped his home run total to six since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville to the big leagues.
For the first time since Dan Uggla, the Marlins have a second baseman capable of reaching 20 home runs.
Uggla, with the Marlins from 2006-10, is the franchise's all-time home run leader. He is also the only second baseman to hit at least 10 homers in a season. In all five of his seasons in South Florida, he topped 30 four times after hitting 27 as a rookie in '06.
If you combine Dietrich's four homers in 28 games at Jacksonville with his six in the big leagues, he has 10 in 57 games.
"Coming up, I've always had power in my swing," Dietrich said. "Really, I'm trying to be a line-drive hitter, and work the gaps. When they make a mistake, put a good swing on it. Power has always been a part of my game."
The Marlins acquired Dietrich from the Rays last December for Yunel Escobar.
With low Class A Bowling Green in 2011, the former Georgia Tech University standout belted 22 homers. A year ago, he combined for 14 at Double-A.
"[Power] actually has been my best tool coming up as a middle infielder," Dietrich said. "Usually, you don't get that from a guy playing my position. I'm going up there trying to hit the ball hard each and every time, and hopefully get a good result."
Aside from Uggla, the Marlins have actually had little power from second base. Dietrich is also rare in that he is offering some pop from the left side.
Already, his six home runs are the most ever by a Marlins' left-handed hitting second baseman.
Luis Castillo, a switch-hitter, actually had six home runs with the Marlins in 2003, but all six came while he batted from the right side.
"I feel confident that he can get a big hit or have a great at-bat," manager Mike Redmond said. "I know he's got some pop. But you never know how it translates from Double-A to the big leagues. I've seen him hit for power. That's just a sign of what is in there, and what is going to come out. He's got the ability to hit for power."
Pierre quietly consistent in June
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton grabbed headlines with his winning two-run home run in the Marlins' 5-4 victory against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
But without Juan Pierre's hustle on a routine grounder to second base, Stanton might have missed the opportunity to play hero.
Pierre battled Milwaukee reliever Jim Henderson in an eight-pitch at-bat that culminated with Pierre beating out a Rickie Weeks throw to first.
"I didn't hit it too good, but I just hit it in the right spot that I could beat it out," Pierre said. "My main thing was trying to get on base and make stuff happen."
Miami manager Mike Redmond added: "That situation, that inning never happens if JP doesn't leg out that ball to second base. That set that whole inning up and gave us a chance to win that game."
Once Pierre -- representing the tying run -- reached base, he commanded Henderson's attention.
The Brewers right-hander attempted to pick off Pierre five times during a five-pitch strikeout of Ed Lucas.
Pierre leads the Marlins and ranks sixth in the Majors with 17 stolen bases.
"It made him focus on me a little more at first," Pierre said. "He picked over about five or six times, trying to be quick to the plate. Maybe that had a little something do with [Stanton's home run], but who knows?"
Said Redmond: "He can still run. He's still a difference-maker out there."
The infield single that kicked off Miami's rally Tuesday night extended Pierre's hitting streak to a season-best eight games. He has batted .382 (13-for-34) during the stretch with three walks, four stolen bases and seven runs scored.
The hitting streak has also raised Pierre's batting average from .218 to .245 -- his highest clip since May 10.
"This year has really been a grind for him," Redmond said. "He has struggled a little bit at times, but you know what? He's coming out of it, and he's getting on base."
Pierre again led off for the Fish on Wednesday night, aiming not only to extend his hitting streak but to set the table for the Marlins' rejuvenated lineup.
"To have him swinging the bat now, that's what we're looking for -- a guy that can lead off," Redmond said. "We don't really have another leadoff hitter, so that's what we need him to do, is go out there and get on base for the big boys."
Marlins rest Morrison in finale vs. Brewers
MIAMI -- Logan Morrison was not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday night, earning his first day off since returning to the club June 9.
Manager Mike Redmond took advantage of Miami's off-day Thursday to give Morrison two days of rest before this weekend's series against the Cardinals.
"He played two days before [Sunday] in the Minor Leagues, too, so [Wednesday night] would have been his fifth day in a row," Redmond said.
Redmond will take a similar approach with Giancarlo Stanton, who batted third and played right field on Wednesday night.
The Marlins will evaluate how Stanton feels after Thursday's off-day before deciding how to approach the right fielder's playing time against St. Louis.
"We talked before these guys came back about taking care of them," Redmond said, adding that the team wanted "to have these guys for the rest of the year."
Greg Dobbs filled in for Morrison at first base and batted sixth Wednesday, bumping second baseman Derek Dietrich up to fifth in the order.
Morrison has shined since returning to the Majors, batting .444 (4-for-9) with two walks, one RBI and two runs while hitting fifth in the Marlins' lineup.
Stanton was batting .250 (2-for-8) including Tuesday night's winning homer in two games since his return.
"We're going to have to take care of those guys, both of those guys, for a while until they get their feet under them and get comfortable," Redmond said.
Injured right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez will both make rehab starts Thursday night.
Eovaldi is pitching for Double-A Jacksonville after throwing only one inning in his previous outing before the game was rained out.
Alvarez will pitch for Class-A Jupiter.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.