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UPDATE: Miguel Olivo diagnosed with mild concussion

Oct 1, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to the team’s Twitter feed, Miguel Olivo was diagnosed with a mild concussion. His status for the rest of the season really doesn’t matter at this point, but he is not expected to play on Saturday or Sunday. If there’s a bit of good news to report, it’s that he is already back with the team.

9:35 PM: According to B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest, Olivo was struck in the back of the head and neck area. He has been taken to a local hospital for CT scans.

9:15 PM: Scary news coming out of St. Louis.

According to Thomas Harding of, Miguel Olivo had to be carted off the field after being struck in the head on a backswing by Albert Pujols in the first inning of tonight’s game.

Harding writes that Olivo was rising from his squatted position when the bat hit him in the back of the helmet. Olivo’s neck was stabilized, according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, before he was removed from the field on a stretcher.

I must confess that I didn’t actually see this take place, but from the description, I’m actually glad I didn’t. We’ll pass along an update on this story when it is made available.

  1. jolt12 - Oct 2, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    I haven’t seen video on this. Could be that he put himself in the way of the bat, but…..has anyone ever seen payback for this sort of thing? Every time I see a batter do that big one handed follow-thru and clock the catcher I think that he needs to be dropped by the pitcher next time around. It is reckless and unnecessary. Why is it that retaliation never seems to happen? It’s like there’s an unwritten rule that catcher heads are fair game in pursuit of the big swing. And, FWIW, for the most part I am not a fan of neanderthal macho display—a beanball because the guy took me deep is dumb. But if he took out my catcher with an out-of-control swing……put him on down his butt.
    Glad it’s not worse than it could have been.

  2. jolt12 - Oct 2, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    ok, good—I just watched this and sure enough, Olivo stood & walked right into the bat. So I’m busting myself for going off on this. Everything I said stands except that it doesn’t apply here.

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