September 20, 2010 by staff
Tyler Colvin, Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin has been hospitalized after suffering a terrible injury against the Florida Marlins. Colvin was running home from third base when teammate divided Wellington Castillo bat, sending a part of the object flying towards Colvin chipped.
The bat fragment hit Colvin in the chest, and 25 years old, was hospitalized. According ChicagoBreakingSports, the wound “was only a few inches from his heart and could have been much more serious.” However, there is “minimal external bleeding and is in stable condition, ESPN.com reports.
Keith Olbermann tweeted bat an image of heading toward the chest Colvin. Scroll down to view and video of the terrifying moment.
New from the AP:
MIAMI – The Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin was hospitalized Sunday after his chest was pierced by a broken bat.
Colvin was standing at third base in the second inning of the 13-3 Chicago win in Florida when he was beaten by a piece of maple wood Wellington Castillo. Castillo doubled and scored on the play Colvin, but was replaced in the field in the bottom half.
“I feel really bad about it,” said Castillo. “It was not on purpose, but he’s my teammate. I hope he is getting better.”
A spokesman for the Cubs, said Colvin was in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital and is expected to remain there for a few days for observation.
Colvin was watching Castillo lining the left-field corner and was surprised when he was beaten by the stick.
“These bats, I’m surprised it does not happen again,” said Mike Quade manager of the Cubs. “We’ve seen kids beaten to pieces, but to really get stabbed with one, I just do not remember (and that).”
A coach with the Cubs, Colvin said he was beaten in the right upper chest, allowing air in the chest and possibly in their lungs. He had very little external bleeding.
Colvin were treated with a chest tube to prevent lung collapse.
The right fielder is expected to miss the rest of the season. He batted .254 with 20 homers and 56 RBIs in his first year in the majors.
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