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PostSubject: Ankiel out of hospital after crashing into wall   Wed May 06, 2009 6:22 pm

Just before Rick Ankiel barreled headfirst into the wall, the thought flashed through his mind: My career is finished.



"I thought that might be it," the Cardinals' outfielder said Tuesday. "When you don't get a chance to put up your hands to protect yourself, I'm lucky to be walking today. Anything from here is a plus."

Ankiel escaped with only soreness from the harrowing collision after making a running catch at the warning track in the eighth inning Monday. X-rays and a CT scan of Ankiel's head, neck and back revealed no broken bones, although manager Tony La Russa was so concerned he spent the night in the hospital with the center fielder.
Feeling very fortunate he was able to stand at his locker stall and talk to reporters, Ankiel said he "tweaked" his right shoulder and added that his neck and left side, which appeared to take the brunt of the blow, also were the worse for wear. He was released from the hospital earlier Tuesday and was due to be examined by team physician Dr. George Paletta later in the day.
"I'm just total body sore," Ankiel said.
The team postponed a decision whether to place him on the 15-day disabled list, depending on how much better he's feeling in a few days.
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