Video: Marlins Star Giancarlo Stanton Takes Fastball to the Face

In a lot of ways, 2014 has been a damned good year for the the Miami Marlins, with the Fish unexpectedly hanging around the wild-card race all summer with a record right around .500. But they've also had a truly brutal brush of injuries.

Team ace Jose Fernandez was lost for the year way back in May when he blew out his elbow. In August, pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head with a terrifying 101 mile per hour line drive comebacker. And last night, the team's superstar, Giancarlo Stanton, had his own frightening on-field emergency when a fastball hit him square in the face.

See also: Video: Marlins Pitcher Dan Jennings Hit in Head by 101 MPH Line Drive

The 88 mile per hour fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers caught Stanton square on the cheek. The star slugger was driven off the field in an ambulance after team physicians stabilized his head, the stadium watching it all play out in stunned silence.

This morning, the Marlins confirmed the extent of Stanton's injuries: Multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches. Yeah, it's as nasty as it sounds:

Stanton's teammates took to Twitter to talk about the heart-stopping moments after the fastball connected with his face:

Fiers also apologized for the pitch.

Obviously, the important news this morning is that Stanton has undergone surgery and will presumably recover from the blow. But the injury is yet another unfair speedbump for a team that's done admirably well on the field this year -- without their star slugger, the Marlins distant wild card dreams are surely finished.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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