09/16/2014 03:59 pm ET Updated Sep 16, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton Shares Gruesome Instagram Photo Of Facial Injury (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton shared a gruesome image of the aftermath from being hit in the face with a fastball last week to Instagram. The 24-year-old needed to be taken off the field by stretcher last Thursday after taking a pitch to the face from Milwaukee Brewers starter Mike Fiers. He suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage.

On Tuesday, Stanton wrote an uplifting message to accompany the photo.

"Making huge progress!!" he wrote. "Want to thank everyone who has played a part in my recovery process. Your kind messages, thoughts & prayers have meant the world to me."

WARNING: The image below is graphic.