Cardinals Outfielders in Scary Collision

Stephen Piscotty, Peter Bourjos
The Associated Press

St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Peter Bourjos collided on a ball hit to left-center that resulted in Piscotty possibly losing consciousness and Bourjos definitely making a great catch.

The left fielder’s head appeared to collide with the center fielder’s knee. Both men ran to the Josh Harrison gapper at full speed. Bourjos not only made a nice catch but showed the presence of mind to immediately wave for help upon glimpsing his motionless teammate. The rookie outfielder departed PNC Park in a neck brace on a stretcher transported on a cart.

The Cardinals informed their Twitter followers that Piscotty suffered a head contusion and his medical tests thankfully all came back negative. The hospital kept him overnight as a precautionary measure (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center boasts one of the nation’s most esteemed sports concussions centers).

The 24-year-old, who switched from right to left immediately before his seventh-inning injury, bats .310 with 7 home runs and 39 RBI in 229 at-bats this season.

The Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of their three-game series. The victory put St. Louis four games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central and reduces their magic number to two. But since they play the team still owning a chance to win the division again tonight that magic number effectively means one win since a Cardinals win necessarily means a Pirates loss. The Cardinals compete to clinch tonight at PNC Park.