Stephen Piscotty: Cardinals Outfielder released from hospital after collision

Stephen Piscotty: Cardinals Outfielder released from hospital after collision

Stephen Piscotty has been released from the hospital following Monday night’s scary collision in the outfield with Peter Bourjos.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Piscotty has a “slight concussion,” but suggested Piscotty could return to action soon.

Calling the diagnosis “amazing,” Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “I think the good news is he will probably play again in the regular season. There’s no reason to speculate (when) at this moment. The ultimate decision will be how he feels and what he wants to do as well. The game is about feel and timing — it makes sense to get him in and he feels up to it and I think we’ll do that.”

Piscotty is scheduled to be examined again Thursday, at which time he and the Cardinals may have a better idea when he can play again.

The rookie was carted off the field on a stretcher in the top of the seventh inning on Monday night after colliding with center fielder Peter Bourjos, who caught a long fly ball to the left-center field gap hit by Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison. Bourjos’ right knee then banged into Piscotty’s head.

Matheny said Piscotty had several bruises, “but overall everything checked out very clean.” There was no indication how long Piscotty might be sidelined.

Piscotty started the game in right field and shifted to left at the start of the seventh in a series of moves made by Mathney with the game scoreless. Jon Jay replaced Piscotty in left field.

Piscotty is hitting .310 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 62 games this season.