Tyler Colvin was very lucky. Colvin was hit in the upper high left chest by a splintered bat. The hitter was Cubs’ catcher Wellington Castillo, and on Monday Castillo called the hospital to apologize to Colvin. At first glance, that may seem a little absurd, since Castillo has no control over an accident; or does he?
Carrie Muskat has posted an article titled “From hospital, Colvin reassures teammate.”
According to Muskat’s reporting, Castillo said “I’m Sorry.” Colvin was in good spirits and was joking with his teammate. Of course the incident could have ended much differently, depending where the piece of wood landed.
However, Castillo is feeling guilty, and there is a reason for it. He uses a maple bat because “the wood is harder and more durable.” The problem is they have a bigger chance of splintering, although Castillo indicated he had never had one splinter before.
As a matter of fact, there is now a consideration as to whether maple bats should be allowed at all over more acceptable woods such as ash.
Colvin’s prognosis is, according to Cubs manager Mike Quade, very good. The diagnosis is a pneumothorax, which is a collapsed lung. Initially, it was thought that the wood did not pierce Colvin’s heart or lungs.
Quade called Colvin at the hospital as well and reported the same situation; he was in good spirits. He did indicate that initially everyone was shaken up over the incident.
Colvin was on third base when Castillo doubled. However, his bat splintered and, as Colvin was coming down the line from third base to home, the splinter hit him. He was met by a trainer but most of the Cubs in the dugout, including Quade, didn’t have any idea what happened. Castillo was standing on second base and said he knew something was wrong.
Tyler Colvin is out for the season and will be replaced by Kosuke Fukudome in right field.
In other Cubs news, Tom Gorzelanny will be put back into the rotation on Friday in time to start for the game against the Cardinals. This will be the last home series of the year.
Of course all Cubs fans thoughts are with Tyler Colvin.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “From hospital, Colvin reassures teammates”