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Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch, suffers laceration, fractures, dental damage (vid/pics)

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A frightening scene played out at the ballpark on Thursday night, a scene that no one ever wants to see during a game, not matter where one’s particular baseball allegiances lie.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, MLB leader in RBI with 105 and NL-leading 37 home runs, was struck in the face by a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during the 5th inning of Thursday’s 4-2 loss at Miller Park.

Miami Marlins MLB.com beat writer Joe Frisaro reports on his blog that the 24-year-old superstar suffered multiple facial fractures, a facial laceration that required stitches and dental damage. Stanton will be reevaluated on Friday.

Stanton lay motionless on the ground for several minutes, bleeding profusely as medical personnel treated him. He eventually was placed on a gurney, loaded into an ambulance that had been driven onto the field and taken to the hospital where he underwent X-rays and a CT scan. Marlins manager Mike Redmond said that Stanton never lost consciousness.

Redmond indicated that Stanton’s season in all likelihood is over.

“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” he said, via a USA Today report.

“It was very, scary,” Redmond added. “We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”

Some disturbing images from the scary scene.

With emotions rattled, things very nearly went haywire when Reed Johnson replaced Stanton at the plate to complete the at-bat, as the umpires made a controversial ruling about the play (via MLB.com):

It wasn’t even a hit-by-pitch, as Stanton was ruled by the umpires to have swung. That necessitated a pinch-hitter, Reed Johnson, to finish the at-bat. He, too, was hit by a pitch but, again, the umpires deemed he had swung. At that point, the Marlins were livid, both benches emptied and Redmond and Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee were ejected. One inning later, Marlins reliever Anthony DeSclafani hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch, and he also was tossed.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those plays,” Redmond said, fuming after his ejection following the conclusion of the game. “That’s for sure. I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate and for the first-base ump to say he swung at that pitch, he’s coughing up blood, what a joke.”

Fiers, meanwhile, reportedly was visibly shaken in the clubhouse following the game.

“We were trying to just go up,” he said. “The ball got away again. It was just really tough to settle down. A lot of tempers were flaring. For them to think that it was intentional, it is beyond me, and something I would never do.”

Fiers also took to Twitter to send a message to Stanton.

A scary and sobering scene, to be sure. To echo Fiers’ thoughts, here’s to a speedy recovery by Stanton, a budding young superstar who hopefully will come back as good as ever.