ATLANTA -- It took 252 at-bats for Donovan Solano to belt his first big league home run.
When the 24-year-old returned to the dugout, he was completely ignored. The Marlins gave the rookie the silent treatment after his connected off Kris Medlen and the Braves on Tuesday night.
Solano enjoyed a big night, belting two homers and driving in three runs in the Marlins' 4-3 loss at Turner Field. The first one was a relief because he waited so long.
Actually, the rookie second baseman told Jose Reyes weeks ago to make sure the silent treatment lasted about two minutes. The reason? Solano's brother, Jhonatan who plays for the Nationals, was ignored for a long time after his first homer.
Donovan and Jhonatan both debuted this season.
"I told Reyes, 'When I get my first home run, I want nothing. Quiet for me,'" Solano said. "When I saw my brother, he got like one-minute, 20-something of nothing."
The TV cameras showed the dugout reaction, and the silent treatment lasted only a few seconds because, eventually, Reyes busted out laughing.
"Yeah, it wasn't two minutes," Solano said.
Even before reaching the dugout, Solano met a request by his sister. Previously, she asked him to puff out his cheeks after crossing home plate as a gesture to her.
So before reaching the dugout, Solano looked directly into the camera and blew up his cheeks.
"My sister said, 'When you get your first home run,' she wanted me to dedicate it to her," he said.
Solano's two-homer night also was a rarity, as he became the third player in Marlins' history to record a multi-homer game in the same game that he connected on his first big league shot.
Hanley Ramirez was the last to do so, on April 18, 2006, at Cincinnati. The first was Tim Hyers, on June 6, 1999, at Tampa Bay.
According to STATS LLC, Solano is the fourth rookie to do so this season. The others were Baltimore's Manny Machado (Aug. 10 vs. Kansas City), San Diego's Yasmani Grandal (June 30 at Colorado) and Washington's Tyler Moore (June 13 at Toronto).
Solano has played significantly in the second half, making a case to be the front-runner to start at second in 2013. Manager Ozzie Guillen says Solano is proving that he is capable of at least sharing the position.
"Maybe we find somebody to help him once in a while," Guillen said. "He's facing a good pitching staff. He is handling it very well. Can he play every day in the big leagues? I know he can play half a season in the big leagues. We've got to take a look at him, we've got to see."
Stanton likely to be sidelined until Friday
ATLANTA -- As a precaution, the Marlins aren't rushing Giancarlo Stanton back just yet. The 22-year-old had hoped to be in the lineup on Wednesday night, or at least Thursday, in Atlanta.
However, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Friday at home against the Phillies is more realistic.
"We hope he plays the first game back in Miami," Guillen said. "I don't think he should be ready [Thursday]."
Stanton hasn't played since Sept. 16 due to a strained left intercostal muscle. On Wednesday, he took batting practice at Turner Field.
Still holding back a little bit on his swing, Stanton displayed some serious power. He drove several balls over the wall. The big blast was a second-deck drive down the left-field line.
The Marlins are also trying to avoid using Stanton as a pinch-hitter in Atlanta.
"Maybe, but we don't want to risk his progress, and go backwards again," Guillen said. "He said today he said it was a lot better."
The hope is Stanton can play in the final six games of the season, all at Marlins Park.
"This is taking a little while," Guillen said. "I'd rather have him back for six games in Miami than one game in Atlanta."
Shoulder sprain ends Ruggiano's season
ATLANTA -- An MRI revealed Justin Ruggiano has a right shoulder sprain that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
The injury, however, will not require surgery. And the 30-year-old will now have plenty of time to rest in anticipation of 2013.
"Great year," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said of the outfielder. "Nobody can take that away from him."
The Marlins acquired Ruggiano from the Astros in a Minor League trade in late May. He became a regular player, and one of the better stories in an otherwise rough season.
Ruggiano appeared in 91 games and hit .313 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs. He suffered the shoulder injury on Sept. 21 while making a diving attempt on a triple by New York's Scott Hairston.
Ruggiano is under club control, and next year he will get a chance to either win a starting outfield spot or make the roster as a reserve.
"In Spring Training, it will depend what the organization wants to do," Guillen said. "How we're going to use him next year.
"He is one of the very small bright spots this year. We don't have many bright spots. Ruggiano was one of the bright spots that we had."