Giancarlo Stanton, pre-beaning (Getty)
Giancarlo Stanton, unrivaled star of a dreadful Marlins roster, was hit in the helmet on Wednesday by a Jose Fernandez fastball, but there's no obvious reason for anyone to panic — Fernandez included. This from the AP...
Giancarlo Stanton spotted downcast teammate Jose Fernandez in the Miami Marlins' clubhouse Thursday and flashed him a grin.
''Relax,'' Stanton said. ''Relax.''
X-rays were negative, there was no sign of a concussion, and Stanton said his vision returned to normal after a few hours. He expects to play in the Marlins' first spring training game Saturday.
All of that was good news for the Marlins, and especially for the 20-year-old Fernandez, who is in his first major-league spring training camp.
So this is apparently not a crisis situation. I just needed something to headline today's news & notes feature. Stanton's biggest issue this season by far will be finding someone willing to throw him a strike.
You should probably file away Fernandez's name for later use, by the way, if you haven't done so already. The young righty went 14-1 at two Single-A stops last season, striking out 158 batters and walking just 35 in 134.0 innings. His ERA was just 1.75, his WHIP 0.93. It's not out of the question that Fernandez could make his major league debut in 2013, but he'll first need to log a few effective innings at Double-A.
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