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Friday, September 19, 2014

Marlins Injury Update: Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez

By on 9/19/2014 03:30:00 PM

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and starting pitcher Jose Fernandez both suffered serious injuries in 2014 -- Stanton just a week ago and Fernandez early in the season. Both, though, are expected to make full recoveries and return to their All-Star forms in 2015. Stanton should play a full season next year, and Fernandez could return by the second half. Here are the latest updates via two Marlins beat writers, Joe Frisaro and Manny Navarro.

Giancarlo Stanton's Joe Frisaro reports that Stanton expects a complete recovery from the surgery to repair the facial fractures suffered on September 11. He is done for this season, but he plans to report to Spring Training on time in February with no setbacks, and he will likely wear a protective face mask extension on his helmet.

Frisaro also says that Stanton will need approximately six to eight weeks to heal and will then receive further evaluation on his injuries, including his teeth and jaws. Friasro quoted the Marlins' biggest slugger discussing the injury, saying that he is fortunate that it was not worse. He also discussed facing live pitching again in the near future. Said Stanton,
"I was really fortunate. I could have my mouth wired shut now. I could have a plate in my face. I could have a lot of things. I'll take a few missing teeth over all of that.... I think I'm in a great mental state for what has gone on. But to be able to be back into the box, and in competition, I'm not quite sure. I think when we decide the protection that will be on, I'll have more reassurance wearing that. I don't know."
Jose Fernandez

Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald sports division reported Thursday that right-hander Jose Fernandez saw doctors Thursday, and they have have cleared him to start a throwing program as early as Wednesday, October 1.

Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery he had in May. Fernandez made eight starts this season and compiled a record of 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. In 2013, he was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 6.3 WAR on route to the National League Rookie of the Year award.

The Marlins expect Fernandez back in mid-2015. Still not quite age 22 by then, he has a long career full of success still ahead of him.

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