Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notes: X-Ray Negative after Piscotty HBP

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notes: X-Ray Negative after Piscotty HBP

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. * The Cardinals hit four home runs and had 19 hits Saturday in a 14-9 exhibition win over the New York Mets but manager Mike Matheny was more concerned afterward about someone who had been hit.

Before Randal Grichuk bashed a three-run homer in the sixth, Stephen Piscotty was plunked above the left elbow by a pitch and went to the ground. He left the game. Soon, so did Mets pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, ejected by home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez, after Jonathan Rodriguez also was hit by a breaking ball following Grichuk's homer.

Earlier in the inning, Carson Kelly, who had three hits, had homered, and Kolten Wong had doubled.

Piscotty headed back to Jupiter, Fla., the Cardinals' home base, for an X-ray, which proved negative.

"It's just swollen up right now," he said later. "No bruising yet. I'm pretty encouraged. I've got good strength in my hand. I can't extend it all the way but I'm pretty relieved how it feels after the way it felt when I got hurt."

When he heard the news that Piscotty was all right, Matheny said, "I'm relieved. Extremely relieved."

But Matheny said, "I don't like that at all," in reference to Piscotty being hit, and that Pimentel should have been kicked out before he was.

"Up and in, that far ... bad all the way around," said Matheny. "He was liable to be thrown out right when the first one happened."

COONEY RETURNS

Tim Cooney, pitching for the first time since his emergency appendectomy last July 27, worked two scoreless innings. He walked two but he allowed no runs or hits.

Cooney had won his first game for the Cardinals last July 24, allowing Atlanta two runs in seven innings, before becoming ill a couple of days later. He then had been set back by some shoulder soreness earlier in the spring.

"It had been a while," said Cooney. "I was trying to treat it like a start, getting ready last night. But ... it was more about making sure my arm felt good."

Cooney, along with Tyler Lyons, who started on Saturday, and Marco Gonzales form a three-man lefthanded contingent as the Cardinals' Nos. 6, 7 and 8 starters although Cooney probably is behind the other two now.

"I wish I could have been healthy and had a few more outings under my belt already and been a little further along than I am," Cooney said. "Today I wanted to dominate but it was about getting my first reps, because I hadn't thrown to hitters until today.

"I had some issues after my last game appearance," said Cooney, smiling. "Hopefully, that doesn't happen this time around."

FOUR HOMERSBY FOUR PLAYERS

Brandon Moss and Grichuk each drove in four runs and homered Saturday. Jacob Wilson also homered, as did Kelly, who was the designated hitter batting ninth.

Matheny, asked about putting a .210 hitter in Class A last year (actually .219) as his DH, responded "He's no . …

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