Stanton back and in good spirits

JUPITER, Fla. — In good spirits, Giancarlo Stanton was back to work on Thursday morning at Marlins camp.

A day after being plunked in the back of his head by a pitch, Stanton said he is feeling considerably better. But he is taking it easy on Thursday. He will be monitored in his weight training, and he hopes to take some swings in the batting cage.

“It all checked out fine,” Stanton said Thursday morning. “I was pretty loopy, I must say, yesterday. But for the most part, I feel fine. Back. But we’re going to see how much activity in the weightroom, and how that goes. I’d like to at least get some hitting in today. It’s probably smarter not to do too much. But I’ll go according to what I’m feeling, and what makes sense.”

During a simulated game on Wednesday, Stanton was pegged in the back of the head by a Jose Fernandez fastball. The 23-year-old slugger said the ball got him just below the helmet, between the base of his skull and the top of his neck.

He was able to walk off the field, and a few minutes later, he returned to the clubhouse for tests. An X-ray was taken later, and it came back negative. Stanton was joking around on Thursday morning, and back to his old self.

What he is monitoring is that he doesn’t experience any dizziness. He noted that his vision got a little disoriented after the incident.

Tests are showing there are no concussion-like symptoms.

“Right after it happened, the outside of my eyes were blurry,” Stanton said.

His vision briefly became fuzzy.

“I was feeling a little off,” he said.

The Marlins open Grapefruit League play on Saturday against the Cardinals. Stanton says he expects to be ready to play.

Joe Frisaro

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