Stanton hit by pitch, leaves with bruised wrist
Marlins slugger undergoes X-rays, won't travel Monday
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Marlins received a scare on Sunday afternoon when slugger Giancarlo Stanton was plunked on the left wrist by a fastball.
They're hoping an X-ray, which was taken back in Jupiter, Fla., gives them some peace of mind.
It evidently went well, as Stanton said on his Twitter account @Giancarlo27_ later: "All is good, Ready to go! No worries my people."
For now, the team is calling the slugger's injury a bruised wrist, and Stanton will not travel to Fort Myers on Monday when the Marlins face the Red Sox.
"I thought it was broken the first time I saw it," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The sound sounded like something broke. You just hold your breath and hope nothing is wrong. Hopefully he is fine. He was supposed to make the trip tomorrow. He's not playing."
The injury occurred in the third inning of the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Mets, in a game called after five innings due to rain.
In wet and windy conditions at Digital Domain Park, Stanton stepped in with the bases loaded. The Mets had just replaced left-handed starter Johan Santana with right-hander Chris Schwinden.
Schwinden's pitch ran up and in on Stanton, who absorbed the pitch on his wrist.
Immediately, his wrist and hand locked, and Stanton didn't try to move it as he walked toward first.
"It's not too bad right now, I'd say," said Stanton, who had his wrist taped in orange-colored wrapping. "Initially, it seemed like my hand locked up. We'll see tomorrow."
Stanton was moving his wrist freely in the clubhouse, but still was experiencing some numbness.
From the sound of the impact, Guillen knew his cleanup hitter was in pain.
Before Stanton reached first base, Guillen and trainer Sean Cunningham ran out to meet him. Without much conversation, Stanton was replaced by pinch-runner Kyle Jensen.
"It's a scary moment, especially with the spot that he got hit," Guillen said. "Players get hit in different places. That spot is very sensitive -- very dangerous and sensitive."
Stanton is 2-for-9 in four Grapefruit League games, and being hit by the pitch with the bases full on Sunday provided his lone RBI of his spring thus far.
Stanton's first reaction was anger. He was aware the Mets were coming up and in on him, even with the bases full.
"I was more [ticked] off," he said. "My hand kind of locked. I was not going to try to move it."
A year ago, Stanton was struck nine times by pitches. He's been plunked in the hand and fingers.
"Those aren't fun," he said.
Infante eyes fast start this time around
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Make a mistake and Omar Infante has the ability to make a pitcher pay.
The Marlins second baseman did so on Saturday, belting a first-inning home run off St. Louis right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Miami went on to win, 3-1, at Roger Dean Stadium.
As nice as it is for Infante to clear the wall every now and then, he knows that's not his game. A year ago, he finished with seven home runs, and the lone time he was in double-digits in homers came in 2004, when he belted 16 while with the Tigers.
Infante's game is getting on base and doing what the situation dictates.
That's why Infante is disappointed he didn't finish with a .300 batting average last year. If not for a slow start, he might have. Infante finished at .276 with a .315 on-base percentage.
"Last year, if I had started good, maybe I would have got to .300," Infante said. "But I started real bad. In the second half, I hit well, and I ended up hitting .276."
The second half was more of what Infante expects from himself, as he hit .314 in 57 games after the All-Star break. Infante may have enjoyed a hotter second half had he not gone on the disabled list after fracturing a bone in his right middle finger on Aug. 4.
In his 20 games immediately after the All-Star break, he was hitting at a .411 clip (30-for-73) before going on the DL. The injury and time off set his timing back, and he hit .263 in September.
Infante feels if it wasn't for a .238 mark in April, he would have finished 2011 with his third straight .300 season. The rough start led largely to him hitting .251 in the first half.
With the Braves in 2010, Infante hit .321, and he was at .305 in 2009.
"It's important how you start," he said.
Logan Morrison will miss at least another game or two. The left fielder hasn't played since last Tuesday due to soreness in his right knee. It's not considered anything major, and Morrison continues to work on fielding and hitting in Jupiter, Fla. He's also fielding grounders at first base, his position before being moved to left field. Morrison is not scheduled to play at Fort Myers on Monday against the Red Sox.
Jose Reyes and Omar Infante will be making the trip to Fort Myers on Monday for the ESPN-televised game.
Chris Coghlan, who tweaked his lower back a few days ago while doing a vertical leap test, was back in action on Sunday, pinch-hitting in the fifth inning. Coghlan got an RBI single, and he will play on Monday at the Red Sox.
As a precaution, Hanley Ramirez, recovering from left shoulder surgery, has been discouraged from diving in the field. For the most part, he hasn't had to. On Sunday, Ramirez did have to lunge on a tag attempt. On Josh Satin's sacrifice fly to center field, Emilio Bonifacio threw to third as Adam Loewen tagged up. Ramirez fielded the ball and made a lunging swipe tag with his left arm. He rolled to the ground. Loewin was safe, and Ramirez was fine.