Tommy Pham didn't know what happened. One minute he was in the batting cage in the bowels of Busch Stadium, trying to perfect a swing that still feels off, despite his hot start. The next, he was disoriented, a gash opened across his right temple and his jersey pooled with blood. "It damaged my modeling career," Pham said. "Let's see how many ladies still like me." The Cardinals center fielder could still manage a small laugh about a bizarre incident that led to his early removal from Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Mets at Busch Stadium. Prior to his upcoming at-bat in the third inning, Pham sustained an accidental head laceration when a resistance band malfunctioned in the batting cage. He exited the game due to the bleeding, though the wound did not require stitches. Pham passed a litany of tests, including concussion protocol. He said he'll try to talk his way into the lineup for Thursday's series finale, but his status is unclear. "I've been stabbed, I've been through a lot, let's say that," Pham said. "I've felt pain before. The only thing was the blood. I couldn't get the blood to stop." When it did, Pham volunteered to stay in the game. His teammates were shocked to see him emerge from the dugout tunnel with a bandage across his right temple and red stains on his uniform. "I told [manager] Mike [Matheny] I could play," Pham said. "He said, 'With that big thing on your forehead, how can you put a helmet on?'" Unsatisfied despite his all-around production, Pham has routinely ventured to the batting cages for extra work. He's there more than any other Cardinals hitter -- before, during and after games. Pham said he took 300 swings Tuesday, many with a personally-designed "hitting contraption" that consists of a resistance band attached to his bat.