Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had surgery on June 28 to repair a broken hamate bone. The injury timetable was 4-6 weeks, with the further end suggesting a mid-August return for the slugger. But as MLB.com’s Steve Wilaj reports, Stanton said is recovery is “definitely slower” than expected.
Stanton said he’s been hitting balls off of a tee, but still feels pain. He’s swinging “as strong as it allows”.
It sounds like the Marlins, 42-62 entering play Sunday, should expect to get Stanton back towards the end of August, assuming he suffers no more setbacks. Though he no longer qualifies on the leaderboard, Stanton is still tied with Todd Frazier for second in the major leagues with 27 home runs, two behind league leader Bryce Harper. He’s also knocked in 67 runs while batting .265/.346/.606.
Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.
After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”
Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]
Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”