Spring training injury update: Feb. 20

Stanton avoided a potentially serious injury on Wednesday. (USATSI)

During a simulated game on Wednesday, top Miami Marlins prospect Jose Fernandez hit franchise player/meal ticket Giancarlo Stanton in the head with an errant pitch. Stanton was shaken up, but he remained on his feet and walked off the field after signing some autographs.

“I wasn’t dizzy. I saw a little grayness, fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it is subsiding now,” Stanton told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel following the incident.

Manager Mike Redmond confirmed Stanton had no concussion-like symptoms and could return to action as soon as Thursday if X-rays check out. Sounds like a scary situation that could have been much, much worse.

Here's a recap of Wednesday's spring training injury news...

  • Los Angeles Angels : First baseman Albert Pujols will be held out of exhibition games until mid-March. He had minor knee surgery in October and is expected to be ready for opening day. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Milwaukee Brewers : Left-hander Chris Narveson threw live batting practice on Wednesday, his first time facing hitters since having rotator cuff surgery 10 months ago. He'll compete for a rotation spot in camp. (Journal Sentinel)
  • St. Louis Cardinals : Shortstop Rafael Furcal has irritation in his right elbow and could miss the first week of exhibition games. He attempted to rehab a torn ligament this winter in lieu of surgery. Meanwhile, right-hander Shelby Miller has "tightness" in his shoulder and will be limited the next few days. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • New York Mets : Second baseman Daniel Murphy is day-to-day with a right intercostal strain, the team announced. He received a cortisone shot.
  • Washington Nationals : Right-hander Chris Garcia has discomfort in his forearm and pain in his stomach. The two-time Tommy John surgery patient is having his appendix checked out and is convinced the forearm discomfort is minor. (Washington Post)
  • Orioles: First baseman/outfielder Conor Jackson is day-to-day with a sore back. He will continue to rest and get treatment. (MLB.com)
  • Rangers: Designated hitter Lance Berkman is day-to-day with a minor right calf strain. Berkman's knees, specifically the right one, have given him a lot of trouble in recent years. (ESPN Dallas)
  • Boston Red Sox : Right-hander Clay Buchholz (hamstring) and left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder) threw live batting practice and a bullpen session, respectively, on Wednesday. (Boston Herald)
  • Minnesota Twins : Left-hander Scott Diamond threw off flat ground on Wednesday and is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday. He had bone chips removed from his elbow in December. (MLB.com)
  • Chicago White Sox : Left-hander Matt Thornton has soreness in his left triceps, but said it was "nothing" compared to the triceps tendinitis that sent him to the DL in August 2010. Thornton expects to resume throwing in a few days. (Chicago Tribune)
  • New York Yankees : Right-hander Phil Hughes is getting treatment and taking medication for a bulging disc in his back. He first felt it on Tuesday and could be sidelined for two weeks. (AP)

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