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Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton shares graphic photo of face after getting hit by pitch

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton shared this before and after photo Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 showing his recovery after getting hit in the face by a pitch Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton shared this before and after photo Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 showing his recovery after getting hit in the face by a pitch Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. INSTAGRAM

Giancarlo Stanton shared a couple of photos of his facial injuries on his Instagram account Tuesday, revealing publicly for the first time the amount of damage he sustained.

Stanton’s teammates were happy to see him smiling in the second of the two photos.

“Pretty good images to be throwing out there,” Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said. “I mean, his tooth came through his cheek. We’re just happy he’s OK. A little plastic surgery and a little dental work and he’ll be good to go.”

Said backup infielder Ed Lucas: “Hopefully, he’ll be back to magazine cover Giancarlo in no time.”

Stanton included a message with the photos: “The Aftermath...Making huge progress!! Want to thank everyone who has played a part in my recovery process. Your kind messages, thoughts & prayers have meant the world to me. Pushing forward.”

Third baseman Casey McGehee said it was good to see Stanton is in good spirits even though his swollen left cheek makes it “look like he won a game of Chubby Bunny. You put the marshmallow in your mouth and say ‘chubby bunny’ until you can’t do it anymore.”

Cosart predicted Stanton would probably end up with scars, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

“Chicks dig scars, I guess,” Cosart said.

Stanton was scheduled to see a number of specialists Tuesday, and the Marlins were awaiting the results to find out whether there is any chance he could return before the end of the season.

COSART THE SPOILER

It was Cosart who ended Jacob deGrom’s record strikeout streak Monday.

The Mets’ pitcher equaled a major-league record by striking out the first eight batters he faced. DeGrom would have broken the mark, which he shares with Jim Deshaies (1986), had he whiffed Cosart.

Cosart said some fans were heckling him before he stepped into the batter’s box.

“They were, like, ‘You’re going to be No.9,’” Cosart said.

But Cosart, who has struck out in 26 of his 77 big-league at-bats, singled to right.

“I don’t plan on getting a lot of hits,” Cosart said. “But I don’t want to strike out and look embarrassing.”

HECHAVARRIA SITS

Adeiny Hechavarria wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday night because of a sore left shoulder.

“We gave him the night off and hope one night will make a difference,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He hit a double down the line [Monday night], and he kind of got extended out on the swing a little bit.”

▪ Reliever Bryan Morris has been reduced to a limited role because of the lingering effects of a groin injury. Morris hasn’t pitched since Sept.9, when he worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs without giving up a run. Afterward, Morris acknowledged he was pitching through pain.

“We’re keeping an eye on him,” Redmond said. “We’re really trying to protect him when we use him. We’re trying to pick our spots with him, as you can probably see since he hasn’t been out there much.”

Redmond avoided using Morris in Monday’s win even though the game was close late.

COMING UP

▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81 ERA) at New York Mets RHP Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.

▪ Thursday: Marlins LHP Brad Hand (3-7, 4.30) vs. Washington Nationals (TBA), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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