To this day, Ben Revere still flinches anytime a pitch comes near his head. Revere said Giancarlo Stanton can probably anticipate the same when he returns from his beaning.
“I know later on when the ball kind of comes around his head area, he’s going to freak out and just get out of the way like I do sometimes,” said the Phillies outfielder, who was hit by a pitch in 2010. “It’s one of those deals where it’s just mental toughness. I believe he has that.”
Revere was among the first players to tweet out his prayers to Stanton when the slugger was decked by a pitch Thursday in Milwaukee.
“Coming from someone who’s been hit in the face before, I know how you feel now,” Revere tweeted.
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Revere said the Stanton beaning caused flashbacks.
“I saw the video and I had the same feelings, just picturing it back in my head,” Revere said. “It’s kind of a helpless feeling, nothing you can really do. It’s a scary type of deal. He’s a tough son of a gun. I know he’s going to overcome this.”
Revere said his orbital bone was broken when he was struck by a pitch while playing in the minors. But his injury didn’t result in any vision problems.
Stanton’s vision isn’t expected to be effected, either.
“I know people in the Marlins’ organization and fans are probably worried he won’t be the same player, but I think he’ll be fine,” Revere said. “He’s a tough guy. By the time he comes back and gets ready to play again, he’ll be fine.”
Revere said that even though Stanton might want to play again before the end of the season, he’s probably better off waiting until next year.
“If I saw him when we go back to Miami the last six days of the season, I’d be amazed,” Revere said. “I know he wants to be back on the field. He’s a competitor. I was like that, too. I would tell him just to rest it, but we’ll see. They call him Superman for a reason.”
▪ Manager Mike Redmond said Stanton isn’t exactly “champing at the bit” to get back on the field — not with some of his teeth missing.
“I would say he’s soft-chewing at the bit,” Redmond said, laughing.
Redmond said Stanton is scheduled to see an oral surgeon on Tuesday and has yet to rule out the possibility of Stanton getting back before the end of the season, though that appears unlikely. Stanton has swelling in his face and received more than 25 stitches for a laceration on his left cheek.
“We’ll probably know more on Tuesday if that’s even a possibility,” Redmond said of Stanton returning.
Fresh off a championship champagne celebration, catcher J.T. Realmuto joined the Marlins on Saturday, one day after helping DoubleA Jacksonville win the Southern League title.
“It was a blast,” Realmuto said. “We didn’t quite get to dog-pile. We celebrated standing up and then got the champagne going.”
Realmuto provides the Marlins with an interesting option behind the plate going forward. Drafted as an infielder, Realmuto was quickly converted to catcher and has made steady improvement each year in the minors. Realmuto said he has made the biggest improvement at the plate.
He hit .299 with eight homers and a .369 on-base percentage this season for the Sun. Last year, he hit .239.
“The first couple of years, I had to think about catching nonstop because it wasn’t natural to me yet,” he said. “This year, everything felt more natural to me, and that helped my bat. I was kind of able to relax.”
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.74 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP David Buchanan (6-7, 3.90), 1:35 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (4-2, 1.93) at New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.62), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.