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harangatang
09-01-2007, 08:05 PM
Saw this tonight on the former Red, it's quite ashame. I believe Sean Casey had the same thing happen early in his career and he came back from it.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=Auu7de2s9FJsTy6V86SpwZ8RvLYF?slug=ap-cardinals-encarnacion&prov=ap&type=lgns


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion will miss the remainder of the season and his career is in jeopardy after sustaining multiple fractures of his left eye socket when struck by a foul ball Friday night.

It was the latest blow in a star-crossed season for the defending World Series champions, who somehow were 2 1/2 games out of first place in the NL Central entering Saturday night's game.

"This is a serious hit, career-threatening," manager Tony La Russa said Saturday. "The other ones are not to be diminished, like Carpenter's arm, but they're not in the same category. It's like Josh."

The Cardinals have persevered through the death of reliever Josh Hancock, ace pitcher Chris Carpenter's season-ending elbow injury, utilityman Scott Spiezio undergoing treatment for substance abuse and manager Tony La Russa's DUI in spring training. Friday was a double whammy with Scott Rolen placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury that likely will sideline him the rest of the season, and then Encarnacion's frightening injury.

"We've been figuring a way to do it all year long," Albert Pujols said in a subdued clubhouse. "Nothing surprises us and we keep battling the way we've battled all year long. That's the way it goes."

The 31-year-old Encarnacion was hospitalized for continued observation, evaluation and treatment. The team said in a statement he would be re-evaluated daily and that the long-term prognosis was "undetermined at this time."

Albert Pujols kept Encarnacion company at the hospital until 3 a.m. Saturday and visited again before leaving for the ballpark for a night game against the Reds. Aaron Miles, Joel Pineiro and Yadier Molina also spent several hours with their fallen teammate.

"Today he was in better spirits," Pujols said. "I didn't try to talk too much about the injury, I was making sure he wasn't in pain. They're taking care of him pretty good."

Encarnacion was struck while waiting in the on-deck circle in the sixth inning of Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. He was about to pinch hit and had no time to react when Miles was late on an 0-1 outside pitch from left-hander Jon Coutlangus.

"It's a freak thing, and I just hope and pray that his eye is OK and he'll be able to do everything and continue his career," Miles said Friday. "That's a scary thing."

Encarnacion was down for several minutes, flipping his helmet off his head while blood dripped from his nose, before two trainers assisted him off the field.

Teammates were shaken by the incident during an 8-5 victory keyed by Rick Ankiel's first career grand slam later in the sixth. Center fielder Jim Edmonds helped assist Encarnacion to the clubhouse.

"It's about as bad as it gets as far as what you can see on a baseball field," Edmonds said. "I think it's everybody's biggest fear.

"That's why there's so many arguments and fights, over balls being thrown up and in. It's scary."

The ball struck Encarnacion with enough force that it rolled several feet in the opposite direction. After fouling off the pitch, Miles looked over and saw that Encarnacion was down.

Encarnacion, who missed the first 1 1/2 months recovering from wrist surgery, hit .283 with nine homers and 47 RBIs. He had an 18-game hitting streak from May 30-June 18, and batted cleanup 35 times -- mostly against left-handed pitchers. Ankiel's emergence last month along with a left knee injury had cut into his playing time.

"He's an important member of our team," La Russa said. "You can't diminish that."

It's the second serious facial injury of Encarnacion's career. In 1999, his rookie season with the Tigers, he was hit in the face by a pitch from the Royals' Blake Stein and suffered a fractured left cheekbone and broken nose.

Ankiel narrowly missed getting struck by a foul ball during his at-bat in the eighth when David Eckstein swung late on a pitch.

In an effort to minimize the possibility of another such injury, La Russa said he'll move the on-deck circle closer to the screen behind home plate and as close to directly behind the plate as umpires and opposing pitchers will allow, but knows there's no 100 percent safe spot.

"The fans are at risk, too, the closer they are to the action," La Russa said. "Everybody likes it, there's just not a lot of time to react. It's just part of the deal, the enhanced experience."

Pujols watched a photographer narrowly miss getting struck in the head by a foul ball during Friday night's game, the ball striking just inches away.

"Hopefully it wakes the fans up, too," Pujols said. "They think they're invisible and they can't get hit by a ball, so maybe they'll be paying better attention."

Always Red
09-01-2007, 08:19 PM
Sorry TLR, but it's not at all like Josh. I can't believe those words even came out of his mouth.

Orbital fractures can be very devastating; Encarnacion may never regain his proper eyesight again. Hopefully he'll have full recovery. Some orbital fractures, if non-displaced, resolve with careful observation only. We'll hope that's all Juan requires...

TLR said "It's like Josh" (I believe) because in his eyes, both Josh Hancock and Juan Encarnacion are unavailable for him to use again this year. Josh is dead. Juan is injured; perhaps a career ending injury. There is a really big difference.

I want no part of this guy as Reds manager.

Dom Heffner
09-01-2007, 09:52 PM
I think what he means is that they lost Hancock forever and could lose Encarnacion forever as well. I'm sure LaRussa understands the difference between being injured and being dead, but for the sake of being able to play baseball, the end result could be the same for the Cardinals.

He was trying to emphasize the severity of the injury, not diminish Hancock's death.

Chip R
09-01-2007, 10:43 PM
I'm surprised LaRussa didn't call for Coutlangus to be suspended since he threw the pitch that Miles hit Encarnacion with.

Always Red
09-02-2007, 05:01 AM
I think what he means is that they lost Hancock forever and could lose Encarnacion forever as well. I'm sure LaRussa understands the difference between being injured and being dead, but for the sake of being able to play baseball, the end result could be the same for the Cardinals.

He was trying to emphasize the severity of the injury, not diminish Hancock's death.

Dom, that's probably what any rational person would mean.

But I'm not willing to give LaRussa the benefit of the doubt.

They're both dead to him, and those are the words that came out of his mouth. I choose to believe what he said, rather than what he meant to say. mostly because it's TLR.

OldXOhio
09-02-2007, 10:21 AM
I'm continually amazed how close and in harm's way on deck hitters get to the batter today. I don't know if that was the case with JE, but I know I've watched Reds players in the OD circle this season who were in close proximity to the 3rd base line with a LH at the plate.

Always Red
09-03-2007, 06:42 AM
Very bad news about Juan's injury:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070903/SPT0401/709030339/1072/SPT


Doctor: Encarnacion's trauma 'worst I've seen'
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS - The damage a foul ball did to Juan Encarnacion's left eye was the worst the St. Louis Cardinals' medical director has ever seen to a baseball player.

Dr. George Paletta was not optimistic Sunday that the outfielder will regain full vision after his frightening injury and resume his career.

"It's the worst trauma I've seen. Absolutely," Paletta said, adding that the future holds no guarantees. "You hope the best for Juan, but he suffered a severe injury with a very guarded prognosis.

"It's way too early to say whether he will or he won't, and if he doesn't what percentage of vision loss he may have."

Paletta said the eye socket was essentially crushed on impact, comparing the injured area to the disintegration of an egg shell or ice cream cone, and that the optic nerve had sustained severe trauma. Reconstructive surgery may not take place for several days while doctors wait for swelling to subside.

Paletta said there was no rupture to the eyeball.

harangatang
09-03-2007, 02:11 PM
That's horrible news.

Phhhl
09-03-2007, 09:58 PM
Dom, that's probably what any rational person would mean.

But I'm not willing to give LaRussa the benefit of the doubt.

They're both dead to him, and those are the words that came out of his mouth. I choose to believe what he said, rather than what he meant to say. mostly because it's TLR.

It was a tasteless remark. Larussa was clearly talking about the impact on his baseball team, not the man's life. I feel bad for Juan, but there is no suitable context to compare his injury to the the loss of a life. Larussa had to know he would get called out saying something like that. It was at least poor judgement.

fearofpopvol1
10-13-2007, 05:28 PM
Looking even worse for Juan. :(

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3061870

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion, who crumpled to the grass after being struck by a foul ball in the on-deck circle on Aug. 31, has reportedly regained only 20/400 vision in his left eye.

According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are pessimistic about Encarnacion resuming his career after the injury that gave him a concussion as well as multiple fractures to his eye socket.

Encarnacion underwent surgery to repair the fractures last month in Boston, and team officials expect him to return to St. Louis to meet with a retinal specialist within the next two weeks, according to the paper.

"I know [team medical supervisor George] Paletta has reviewed the surgical notes," interim general manager John Mozeliak said.

"What really needs to take place is for Juan to be seen by a specialist in St. Louis," Mozeliak added. "We'll know more then."