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Encarnacion likely out for 2008 season; MLB future in jeopardy

Updated: January 16, 2008, 6:18 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Juan Encarnacion's horrific eye injury is expected to sideline him this season, and the St. Louis Cardinals aren't sure if he'll ever play again.

Encarnacion was standing in the on-deck circle at Busch Stadium on Aug. 31 when a foul ball struck him in the left eye. Soon after the injury, Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' medical director, called it the "worst trauma I've seen. Absolutely."

Paletta said at the time he wasn't certain if Encarnacion would ever ...

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