A scary moment this afternoon on Field 4 where the Marlins were playing a sim game. Giancarlo Stanton was hit on the back of the head, at the top of his neck, by a Jose Fernandez fastball during a simluated game. You can see the video below. Stanton appeared to be OK as the fastball glanced off his helmet and he never lost his footing. He left the game with trainer Mike Kozak in a golf cart but signed a few autographs while walking to the cart. In the clubhouse, the back of his neck was wrapped in an ice pack. Stanton said he did not expect to miss any time but would know better by tomorrow. “It has happened before and there will be another time,” Stanton said. “It hit me first and then the helmet decided to come in after the impact.” He said the ball made impact “right on the bottom of the head, high neck area. “I wasn’t dizzy or nothing. I saw a little grayness, fuzziness on the outside of my eyes. But it’s subsiding now,” Stanton said.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit in head by Jose Fernandez pitch
Palm Beach Post | Feb 20