He suffered a laceration on the left side of his face, the Marlins announced, and underwent X-rays and a CT scan at a local hospital in Milwaukee.
Redmond said it "doesn't look good" as far as Stanton returning this season.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) September 12, 2014
Stanton took a called strike from Fiers before the second pitch of the at-bat -- an 88 mph fastball -- caught the star slugger in the left side of his face in an area unprotected by his helmet. Stanton was down for about five minutes before an ambulance was called onto the field. Fiers, who had not hit a batter in 10 big league appearances entering Thursday, was visibly shaken after the incident, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman.
Scary scene at Miller Park as medics tend to Giancarlo Stanton after he was hit in the face by a pitch pic.twitter.com/SMPcyHsUfp— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 12, 2014
A considerable amount of blood was visible on Stanton's face and around the home plate area. Umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch, so Reed Johnson was sent to the plate to finish the at-bat. Johnson was promptly hit in the hand by Fiers, resulting in both benches emptying. Johnson, too, was not awarded first base, but rather given a strike for allegedly swinging at the pitch. The unprecedented plate appearance ended in a strikeout.
Stanton, 24, is in the midst of an MVP-caliber campaign for the 71-74 Marlins. He entered Thursday hitting .287/.395/.554 with 37 home runs.
Fiers after the game took to Twitter to express his concern for Stanton.
@Giancarlo818 I am deeply sorry about what happened tonight. I can't imagine what you and your family are going through. (Continue)...— Mike Fiers (@Fiers64) September 12, 2014
@Giancarlo818 my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery.— Mike Fiers (@Fiers64) September 12, 2014