Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton spoke about his horrific facial injury for the first time yesterday and admitted he isn't sure how he’ll feel when he returns to the plate next season.
Stanton’s season was ended when he took a wild Mike Fiers fastball to the cheek last Thursday (September 11) in the Marlins v Brewers game and explained once his injuries have healed he will take extra safety precautions when batting.
Stanton was rushed to hospital and it was discovered he had suffered multiple facial fractures, broken teeth and deep cuts across his face.
Seven days on from the ghastly injury, Stanton described what he could remember from the incident.
“My ears were ringing.” Stanton explained to AP. “I couldn’t hear nothing, except the ring. I was checking my mouth, just the blood, mouth full and having chunks of teeth floating around.”
Despite the terrifying experience the 24-year-old remained in an upbeat frame of mind.
“I feel all right. The swelling’s way down, much better than I envisioned. Just got to get the grill fixed and we’ll go from there.”
It is still too early for the slugger to be thinking about getting back into baseball but he already has concerns regarding protection at the plate.
“I think when we decide the protection that will be on, I'll have more reassurance wearing that. I don't know," Stanton said.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Fiers, who tossed the errant pitch which injured Stanton, was visibly shaken up by the incident and has been in contact with the batter.
His season hitting figures stand at .288/.395/.555 with 37 homers, 105 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Stanton currently leads the NL for home runs, walks, slugging percentage, OPS total bases and intentional walks but could caught by the end of September.