Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty returned to the team Wednesday and told reporters the reason for his absence over the past five days: His mother, Gretchen, has been diagnosed with ALS.
"I'm not going to beat around the bush, it's been discussed the reason I went back was for my mom," Piscotty said. "Last Wednesday she was diagnosed with ALS, and so it was a time to get back and spend time with her.
"It just really puts life in perspective. When I got the news it was a little tough to focus, and I felt it was the right decision to go home and Mike (Matheny) was great about making that real easy. I was very thankful for that, especially my mom (too). It's time to get back to work and get rolling, so I'm excited to be back and get back in there."