PHILADELPHIA -- The collision in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 5-1 win over the Nationals on Sunday was painful enough to go through. But after seeing the replay, right fielder Giancarlo Stanton realizes he is fortunate, because it could have been much worse.
Stanton and center fielder Marcell Ozuna clipped each other on the warning track while attempting to make a play on Ryan Zimmerman's long drive to right-center. Both outfielders landed hard and remained on the ground for a while, as Zimmerman circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
"It was weird seeing it from the outside view and being in it," Stanton said on Monday. "You don't realize your body can move like that without your control."
Stanton and Ozuna stayed in the game on Sunday and were in the starting lineup on Monday against the Phillies. Both are sore from the collision, but they don't need a day off.
"I had way more of a whiplash than I thought," Stanton said. "I kind of thought I'd hit the wall more direct and on the side."
After the collision, Stanton homered, and Ozuna singled to extend his hit streak to 15 games.
"I hit the ground hard, my head," Ozuna said. "When I opened my eyes, everything was black."
Ozuna has already been dealing with a bit of a head cold, after standing out in the rain on Saturday during a doubleheader.
"Now, I'm good," Ozuna said. "I've got a headache a little bit, but I'm good.
Manager Don Mattingly was confident both players would be available Monday because neither reported to the trainer after Sunday's win.
"They both came in today a little sore but feeling good," Mattingly said. "I felt pretty good leaving [Washington] because neither one of them was really in the training room."
Also, with how the team is playing, having taken the final two games against the Nationals, Ozuna says he want to keep playing.
"I don't want a day off," he said. "Day off [is] Thursday."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.