PITTSBURGH -- Giancarlo Stanton initially feared the worst, and now the Marlins' three-time All-Star right fielder is hopeful he's dodged something more serious.
Stanton was struck on the right wrist by a Trevor Williams fastball in the first inning on Saturday in Miami's 7-6 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.
Concerns that he sustained a potentially devastating injury were eased after an X-ray came back negative. It appears Stanton is dealing with a bruised right wrist, and now it is a matter of allowing the swelling to subside.
It's unlikely Stanton would play on Sunday in the series finale at Pittsburgh. The Marlins have an off-day on Monday before facing the A's on Tuesday at Marlins Park.
After being hit, Stanton didn't know what to expect.
"Some weird sensations there," the 27-year-old said. "My hand going numb. I'm just glad it's not broken. I thought it was snapped."
Stanton was plunked by a pitch clocked by Statcast™ at 95.3 mph, and he immediately shook his hand in pain. After he reached first base, assistant trainer Mike Kozak and manager Don Mattingly went onto the field to check on him.
"It ballooned up pretty quick," Mattingly said. "The fact there is no fracture just means there's going to be no swelling, it's going to be sore."
Exiting the field, Stanton showed frustration by smacking his helmet on the railing as he walked into the dugout.
Stanton is having an All-Star-caliber season, batting .288 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs. He was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki.
In Friday's 12-7 win, Stanton blasted one of his most impressive home runs of the season, a drive that cleared the batter's eye in center field. Statcast™ projected the shot at 459 feet with an exit velocity of 110.6 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees. It was Stanton's third longest homer of the season.
Stanton didn't believe the pitch was on purpose.
"They're just trying too hard, making sure I don't get extended and don't do what I did [Friday]," Stanton said. "That would be stupid to do it on purpose right there."
With Stanton, it's never been an issue of skill set. One of the most feared hitters in the game, the 27-year-old is Miami's all-time leader in home runs (224) and RBIs (582).
The question with Stanton has been staying on the field. He's missed substantial time during his career with injuries. In September 2014, he was struck in the face by a pitch, and he appeared in 145 games that year.
In 2015, he broke his left hamate bone and his season was over after 74 games. Last year, he dealt with various injuries, including a Grade 1 left groin strain. He appeared in 119 games in '16.
"I've had my season taken away from me too many times for this [stuff] to happen," Stanton said. "[This is] a little speed bump."