Stanton suffers multiple facial fractures

Marlins All-Star Giancarlo Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures from the pitch that struck him on the face on Thursday night at Miller Park.

The Marlins announced the 24-year-old slugger suffered a facial laceration that required stitches as well as dental damage.

The injuries occurred after Stanton was hit by a Mike Fiers’ fastball in the fifth inning of Miami’s 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

Stanton will return on Friday for further evaluation.

Stanton has played in all of Miami’s 145 games, but his season is now over. The National League leader in home runs (37) and RBIs (105) had been striving to appear in all 162 games.

No Marlin has ever won the National League MVP, home run or RBI crowns. Stanton was in line to be the first.

With Stanton lost, the Marlins lose one of the most imposing players in the game.

At 71-74, Miami’s Wild Card chances sustained a serious blow with the loss of Stanton.

An option manager Mike Redmond could consider is sliding Christian Yelich from leadoff to third in the lineup. Marcell Ozuna could slide over to right field, and Enrique Hernandez could get playing time leading off and playing center field.

Joe Frisaro

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