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Cardinals' Pham leaves game with injury on headfirst slide

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, right, checks on St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham, left, after he was injured being tagged out in a rundown during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 17, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Pham left he field under his power. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, right, checks on St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham, left, after he was injured being tagged out in a rundown during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 17, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Pham left he field under his power. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham has left a spring training game after jarring himself on a headfirst slide.

Pham was thrown out trying to steal second base Friday against the New York Mets. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera tagged Pham on the helmet.

Pham was on his back while the training staff assisted him. He appeared to have discomfort in the area near his upper lip as the staff checked for blood, and left the game.

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The 29-year-old Pham hit .226 with nine home runs and 17 RBIs in 78 games for St. Louis last season and is competing for a roster spot.