Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty says he's ready to return after being drilled by ball

One day after Piscotty was hit in the head by a thrown ball, he said he was cleared by the medical staff and will be ready to play.

Stephen Piscotty's brutal hit to the head by a thrown ball Tuesday nightwasn't as bad as anticipated.

The Cardinals right fielder said he has been cleared to return to the field for the Cardinals' game against the Cubs on Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The teams' scheduled series finale Wednesday was rained out and pushed back a day.

"I definitely didn't black out, but I was stunned and didn't realize what happened," Piscotty told reporters Wednesday. "After a few seconds, I just kind of figured I got hit in the face or something. But thankfully that helmet flap was there and took most of the force of it."

Piscotty was drilled inthe head by a thrown ball from Cubs second baseman Javier Baez in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. This was after Piscotty was hit in the right elbow by a Jake Arrieta pitch and struck in the left elbow by a throw from Cubs catcherWillson Contreras.

According to Piscotty, he underwent a series of verbal tests to determine if he sustained a concussion.

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“You’ve got to say certain words and number sequences in reverse order that you heard them,” Piscotty said. “(They) ask you silly questions, where you are, who you’re playing, that type of thing. And then some balance stuff. It’s pretty extensive.”

Manager Mike Matheny said he was glad the situation wasn't worse, but that the team plans to monitor Piscotty throughout Wednesday to make sure he can play Thursday.

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