Tyler Colvin, the Chicago Cubs rookie starting left fielder, certainly knows that a loose bat or piece of a bat can be dangerous if sent flying uncontrolled in someone’s general direction. Unfortunately, that someone was him Sunday afternoon. The video of Tyler Colvin being hit — rather, impaled briefly — by a lengthy shard of wooden bat has seen considerable play on MLB.com and YouTube. But what the video doesn’t show is how close Colvin, who, according to Chicago Breaking Sports, reportedly has been knocked out for the rest of the season, may have nearly been killed.
Tyler Colvin was leading off of third base as a runner in the second inning against the Florida Marlins when teammate Welington Castillo connected with a pitch that sent the ball bouncing over the left field fence for a ground rule double and split his bat. One piece of the bat sailed down the third base line as Colvin started toward home plate. As the video and photos taken of the incident show, by the time the wooden shard hit and punctured Colvin’s chest, it was a small, blurred spear.
Colvin, following the flight of the hit ball, immediately placed his hand on his chest but continued his run in to score. In the video, viewers can see him mouth the words to a Chicago Cubs trainer, “I’m hit.”
According to Chicago Breaking Sports, Tyler Colvin was transported to Ryder Trauma Unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He was x-rayed and stitched up. Manager Mike Quade said that Colvin would be kept for observation for two to three days.
The bat shard pierced the chest wall and allowed air in, a condition known as pneumothorax. The condition has the potential to result in a collapsed lung. A tube was inserted into the wound as well. Although in stable condition, Colvin is considered a lucky man, the shard missing his heart by mere inches.
Mike Rivera, the Florida Marlins catcher, said it looked like Colvin “was being stabbed.”
Watch as Tyler Colvin gets impaled by the broken bat (Warning: graphic video).
The video has been making the internet rounds, sometimes becoming unavailable because of copyright laws and protections. The video can also be seen at MLB.com.