Encarnacion released from hospital; surgery yet to take place

Updated: September 5, 2007, 10:04 AM ET
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St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Juan Encarnacion has been released from Missouri Baptist Medical Center, but doctors have yet to determine when they will operate on his fractured left eye socket, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Encarnacion crumpled to the grass after being struck by a foul ball while waiting to pinch hit in the on-deck circle in the sixth inning on Friday. He was hospitalized with a concussion and multiple fractures to the eye socket.

"He's still dealing with post-concussion syndrome," team trainer Barry Weinberg said, according to the Post-Dispatch. "Even though his eye is the major long-term concern, right now he's dealing with a serious concussion. ... He still has those side effects. The combination of the eye and the concussion ... is significant."

The Cardinals' team physician, Dr. George Paletta, said Sunday the injuries were "the worst trauma I've ever seen" and was not optimistic Sunday that Encarnacion, 31, will regain full vision and resume his career.

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.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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