Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit directly in the face with a fastball by the Brewers' Mike Fiers during Thursday night's game in Milwaukee. Strangely, he was one of two players to be hit in the head area with pitches on the same night.

Stanton, the NL leader in home runs and RBI, immediately crumbled to the dirt and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Team trainers and concerned teammates rushed onto the field with towels as it appeared blood instantly starting coming from Stanton's face.

While far from a common occurrence, Chase Headley of the New York Yankees was also hit in the head Thursday night, taking a pitch to the chin area. He was clearly shaken up but was able to walk off the field.

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Marlins infielder Casey McGehee was one of the first players to rush to Stanton's side and emotionally reacted, shouting at Fiers before cooler heads stepped in to calm him down (photo below):

A tweet from Major League Baseball late Thursday night gave a small update to Stanton's condition.

 

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