St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty endured a painful trip around the bases Tuesday that resulted in him leaving the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2-1 loss against the Chicago Cubs.
First, Piscotty was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Jake Arrieta with one out in the fifth. After Randal Grichuk flied out to center, Piscotty advanced to second on a wild pitch and was sliding into the bag when he was struck in the right elbow on a late throw from catcher Willson Contreras.
Kolten Wong then hit a roller to the left of Arrieta. Second baseman Javier Baez was unable to make a clean pickup, and the ball rolled behind him as Wong reached first. Piscotty continued home as Baez recovered the ball. Baez’s throw nailed Piscotty in the left side of his helmet as he slid safely across to cut the Cardinals’ deficit to 2-1.
Piscotty lay motionless on the ground for a couple of minutes before being assisted off the field. He was unable to continue. The Cardinals said Piscotty suffered a head bruise and would be re-evaluated Wednesday morning.
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“I’ve never seen that before,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Those are the kind of things we said we were going to need to see this year. ... It’s a shame that happened.”
Piscotty didn’t talk to the media after the game, but said through a team spokesman he would talk about his situation before the series finale at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.
Matheny said Piscotty had all his senses when he walked off the field.
“He was good,” Matheny said. “The trainers asked him a lot of questions. He answered everything fine. (Baez’s throw) just rung his bell. We’ll find out exactly what that means when the doctors give him a better test than us asking him questions on the field.
“But he was coherent.”
In September 2015, Piscotty was carted off the field in Pittsburgh after a collision with Peter Bourjos.
Bourjos, playing center field, ranged into left-center to make a great catch, but his knee struck Piscotty in the face.
“One of the scariest things I’ve ever seen was in the outfield in Pittsburgh that one time,” Wainwright said. “I thought he was dead; I think everybody did. He’s had some rough plays in the field. That was probably the roughest turn around the bases I’ve ever seen, to get hit three times. I’m glad he’s OK.”
Piscotty on Monday signed a six-year, $33.5-million contract that will keep him with the Cardinals through the 2022 season. The Cardinals have an option for 2023.