Watch: Cardinals pitcher nearly drills bird with pitch

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, shown throwing a pitch in the first inning of Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals, came within inches of accidentally striking a bird with a pitch later in the game. (Colin E. Braley/AP)

(MEDIA GENERAL) – One Missouri bird is recovering from the scare of its life following a near run-in with an 84 mph cutter from Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.

Kansas City third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert was able to foul off the pitch even as a bird darted between the pitcher’s mound and home plate as Wainwright delivered the pitch. Video shows the ball come within inches of striking the bird.

The close call was all-too-similar to the infamous Randy Johnson pitch that struck and killed a bird during a spring training game in 2001.

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