Poncedeleon remains in an Intensive Care Unit in Iowa after taking a line drive off his skull Tuesday while pitching for Triple-A Memphis, but he's begun to make tangible progress, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "We are very encouraged on how things are progressing," general manager John Mozeliak said. "Certainly, (we) are very hopeful. He's showing more energy. The doctors are pleased with where he's at."

The 25-year-old had surgery Wednesday to alleviate pressure on his brain following the blow and has been in the ICU since. However, the most recent developments bode well, as he's conscious and eating on his own. Mozeliak went on to term Poncedeleon's overall status as "moving in a very positive direction," and doctors expect to have a firmer assessment of his prognosis by early next week. Poncedeleon had gotten 2017 off to an excellent start, going 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and .196 BAA over 29 innings. His baseball future naturally remains up in the air at the moment, with a full return to normal functioning the immediate goal.

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