Players react, send support to Stanton after scary injury
When Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face with a pitch Thursday night, fans, teammates and those around baseball held their breath.
The NL leader in home runs and RBI had to be carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for tests, and manager Mike Redmond says the right fielder's season is likely over.
It is sad news for Stanton, who had remained healthy the entire season and had a legitimate case for the NL MVP award.
After the game, consolations rolled in via Twitter.
Mike Fiers, the right-hander responsible for the wayward ball, expressed his remorse at the injury:
@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
Teammates offered up their support:
More then a game. Get well soon big fella. Everyone keep @Giancarlo818 in your thoughts and prayers.— Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) September 12, 2014
Today there is many things to be praying about. But please take a min. and pray for @Giancarlo818— Mike Dunn (@DunnForAll40) September 12, 2014
Everyone please keep @Giancarlo818 in your thoughts and prayers for a fast recovery— Anthony DeSclafani (@ADeSclafani) September 12, 2014
Scary stuff tonight that no one likes to see but we need to all be praying for @Giancarlo818 for good x-ray results and a healthy recovery.— Steve Cishek (@srSHREK31) September 12, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to @Giancarlo818! Hope you have a full and speedy recovery brother!— Enrique Hernandez (@kikehndez) September 12, 2014
Praying for my teammate @Giancarlo818 for a healthy recovery. God Bless my teammate!????. Resandoo. Por mi companero que este saludable ???— Jordany Valdespin (@jordany023) September 12, 2014
Outpouring from fellow players for @Giancarlo818 tells you how close to home moments like this hit. It takes courage to stand in that box— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) September 12, 2014
Thoughts and prayers for @Giancarlo818 hope ur ok get well soon brotha— Alex Sanabia (@Sanabia28) September 12, 2014
I hope you gone be ok @Giancarlo818 praying for you homie!— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) September 12, 2014
I'm beyond sickened, saddened to see what happened to @Giancarlo818 I don't have enough space to say all the good things I could about him— Allison Williams (@AllisonW_Sports) September 12, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to @Giancarlo818 ....speedy recovery man— Drew Butera (@drewbutera) September 12, 2014