Stanton Takes One Off the Noggin; Morrison is Free to Run

ap-marlins-spring-baseball-x-largeA smattering of injury-related topics from Spring Training today.

Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the head by a 95 MPH fastball from Marlins’ stud prospect Jose Fernandez in a simulated game today. X-rays came back negative and no signs of a concussion are apparent at this time although the Marlins are, expectedly, cautious with Stanton. Fernandez usually has great control and this one got away from him. Stanton gave him an “it’s all good” and had excellent perspective on this so the kids are all-right.

Meanwhile, Logan Morrison got the green light to run on his surgically repaired knee. The Marlins are hoping for an Opening Day return but in all likelihood, LoMo will miss more time trying to get acclimated and into game-shape. If lessons of the past are of any study, the Marlins will take their time and be cautious with LoMo and shoot for a few extra weeks for his expected return. Morrison is arguably in his most important year of his career as he should be progressing into an everyday player at this point and with injury plaguing his performance last year, the only reason he was kept was because his contract still offers value to his team.

Casey Kotchman, hoping to score some playing time at 1B while Morrison is out, is recovering from a cut ring finger he injured while banging into a machine shagging a fly ball. Kotchman’s defense, and experience, will help solidify the Marlins plans while Morrison recovers.