After scary injury, career reportedly still in jeopardy for Cards' Encarnacion

Updated: October 13, 2007, 2:10 PM ET
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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.

Edwin Encarnacion

Encarnacion

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."

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