Cardinals OF Encarnacion reportedly has 20/400 vision

ST. LOUIS (TICKER) —The St. Louis Cardinals are losing hope that outfielder Juan Encarnacion will be able to resume his career, as he has only 20/400 vision in his left eye after being hit by a foul ball on August 31, according to a report.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday on its web site that the Cardinals are concerned that Encarnacion’s vision will not improve sufficiently for him to be able to play again.

Encarnacion was hurt in a freak incident, struck in the face by a foul ball hit by Aaron Miles while he was stood in the on-deck circle. He suffered multiple fractures in his left eye socket and an injury to his left eye.

Encarnacion had surgery on the injury in Boston last month and is now due to see an eye specialist in St. Louis in the next two weeks.

“I know (team medical supervisor George) Paletta has reviewed the surgical notes,” Cardinals interim general manager John Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch. “What really needs to take place is for Juan to be seen by a specialist in St. Louis. We’ll know more then.”

Meanwhile, the Post-Dispatch also reported that the Cardinals met with Chicago White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn on Friday to discuss their open GM position.

Former Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty is reportedly talking to the Cincinnati Reds.

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Updated Saturday, Oct 13, 2007