Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton had his season come to an end in horrific fashion last September when he suffered facial fractures and dental damage on a hit-by-pitch, so of course he got hit in the hip by a pitch from teammate Henderson Alvarez during an intrasquad game today.
Here’s a look at the scene below, via Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Yes, Stanton is fine. It was going to happen sooner or later, so perhaps it’s better that he got it out of the way now. Prospect catcher J.T. Realmuto might have put it best when he later told Rodriguez that “the baseball might have been hurt more than him.” This minor scare is noteworthy given how Stanton’s season ended, but he said he’s 100 percent past it.
“Feels good,” Stanton said, afterward. “No thoughts, 100 percent fine. Didn’t have one thought about it.”
Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since the injury and tested out his new special helmet for the first time today.