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07/12/2003  2:04 PM ET 
Giles' ASG status uncertain
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CHICAGO -- Marcus Giles was back at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon contemplating whether or not he should assume his role as the National League's starting second baseman in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

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Giles suffered a mild concussion after colliding with Mark Prior on Thursday afternoon and will likely be held out of Sunday's lineup by his manager Bobby Cox. The 25-year-old Braves second baseman is thinking that if he misses the next two games that he shouldn't play in the All-Star Game.

"I just want to play [Sunday]," Giles said. "I've got a priority to play in the regular season. I think that's more important than playing in an All-Star Game."

Giles planned on making some phone calls to family and friends seeking advice on how to handle this situation. But his Braves teammates and coaches don't understand why there is even any question whether he should play.

When told Giles was contemplating missing the All-Star Game, Braves manager Bobby Cox said, "He better [play]."

"I don't agree with his thinking at all," Mark DeRosa said. "He shouldn't be embarrassed at all. He deserves to play and he deserves to start. It was a freak accident. There's no reason he should feel bad about it."

Obviously Giles needs to get the final medical clearance that he is expected to receive. He was released from Illinois Masonic Hospital around 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday night and was eating a steak at a downtown Chicago restaurant just a few hours later.

Giles has seen the replay of the violent collision twice and knows that he is very lucky to have escaped with the injuries that he did. He had a stiff back and shoulder on Saturday, but still was displaying some of his usual jovial ways as he walked around the clubhouse.

"I'm very lucky from what the doctors and trainers have told me," Giles said.

During the second-inning collision, Prior's left knee struck the left side of Giles face and sent both NL All-Stars to the ground. The Cubs' 6-foot-5 hurler, who was running to second with two outs on a Mark Grudzielanek grounder, looked like he was attempting to leap over the Braves' 5-foot-8 second baseman.

"I'm sure he didn't mean to run into me," Giles said. "It was an accident. He was trying to make a play and I was trying to make a play."

Giles remained motionless on the field for approximately five minutes before being taken into the Braves clubhouse. He remembers Prior reaching first base via a walk and then vaguely remembers hearing the ambulance siren and seeing his wife as they rode to the hospital.

Once Giles arrived at the hospital, a nurse asked him what day it was. He responded, "May 29."

While Giles is hoping to be in Sunday's lineup, Cox will likely use caution and rest him another day.

"We'll just have to see what the doctor says," Cox said.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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