Friday, February 23, 2018
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Marlins slugger beaned

JUPITER — An intrasquad matchup between two precocious talents Wednesday left Giancarlo Stanton dazed and Jose Fernandez shaken.

Stanton was hit in the back of the helmet during a Marlins intrasquad game by a fastball that got away from Fernandez, a former Alonso standout and the team's top pitching prospect. Stanton remained on his feet but left the game and said his eyesight was affected.

"I wasn't dizzy," he said. "I saw a little grayness and fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it's subsiding now."

Stanton said he didn't expect to miss any time, but further evaluation was planned.

Fernandez, 20, the Marlins' first-round pick in 2011, said the pitch slipped from his hand but it had plenty of velocity.

"Over 95 mph, I know it was. It's a scary moment," the right-hander said. "My hands were sweating a lot. It was just not a good pitch. I feel bad. It's not a good feeling, I promise you."

Fernandez followed Stanton into the clubhouse to apologize.

"When I asked him how he was doing, he laughed," Fernandez said. "I told him I was sorry. He said, 'Bro, it's okay. It's baseball. It happens.' "

PED PROBE: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez said he and the team are waiting to hear from Major League Baseball, which is conducting an investigation linking him and other players to an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables. ESPN reported that Gonzalez was the only client named so far of Tony Bosch's now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic who had not received PEDs.

RED SOX-MARINERS TRADE: Boston acquired outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp from Seattle for a player to be named later or cash.

OBITUARY: Sophie Kurys, who set a pro record that still stands by stealing 201 bases in 1946 while playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, died Sunday after complications from surgery. She was 87. The second baseman had 1,114 steals in her career.

ANGELS: First baseman Albert Pujols, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, won't play in games until mid March. … Right-handed closer Ryan Madson played catch in his first throwing action since Feb. 1, when he felt soreness in his surgically repaired throwing elbow. Left-handed reliever Sean Burnett, who aggravated his lower back while lifting his child last week, is likely a week away from throwing.

CARDINALS: Right-hander Shelby Miller, the team's top pitching prospect, was scratched from his throwing session with shoulder soreness.

GIANTS: Left-hander Javier Lopez will miss up to a week after a warmup pitch hit him on the top of his left hand.

INDIANS: All-Star second baseman Carlos Baerga and former GM John Hart were selected for the club's Hall of Fame.

METS: Second baseman Daniel Murphy has a strained muscle on his right side and received a cortisone shot.

PIRATES: Right-hander A.J. Burnett was named the opening day starter for the first time in his career.

ROYALS: Manager Ned Yost had surgery to remove his gall bladder.

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