Tag:Wellington Castillo
Posted on: September 19, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 7:25 pm

Maple bats to become a hot topic again

Tyler Colvin For the last couple of years, the subject of shattered bats has been  a topic the media has found interesting, if not anyone else.

Sunday's events in South Florida may change that.

Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin is currently at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami with a tube in his chest keeping his lung from collapsing after he was hit by part of Welington Castillo's bat. Colvin is being treated for pneumothorax, a puncture of the chest cavity, which allowed air into the chest wall with the potential of a collapsed lung. He will remain hospitalized for two-to-three days and won't play again this season, Cubs manager Mike Quade told reporters.

Castillo told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan he didn't know what was going on at first, but once he realized what happened, he was having trouble keeping it out of his mind.

"I feel really bad about it," Castillo said. "It's wasn't on purpose, but he's my teammate."

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was on deck when Colvin scored.

"I thought he was fine, I thought we were just joking around," Samardzija said. "I saw  little something on his shirt and said, 'Hey man, you should probably get inside.'"

Marlins catcher Mike Rivera said it looked like Colvin "was being stabbed."

Pirates hitting coach Don Long was hit in the face by a broken bat two years ago. After Sunday's events, he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel , "I got hit in the face. [Colvin] got hit in the chest. I mean, what's it going to take?"

Long was hit by Nate McLouth's shattered bat made of maple.

Wellington Castillo Quade even said he was surprised it hadn't happened sooner, noting maple bats.

The Associated Press' story notes Castillo was using a maple bat.

The conventional wisdom is that maple bats tend to shatter more when they break than bats made of ash. Even if the maple bats don't break as often, the theory goes, when they do break, they're more dangerous.

MLB reduced the number of maple bat suppliers authorized to have ether goods used in the big leagues before the 2009 season and made some changes in the minor leagues before this season. More changes could be on the way if Castillo was indeed using a maple bat.

UPDATE: Castillo told MLB.com that he's used maple bats his "whole life."

At least one teammate, Jeff Baker, said he doesn't like maple bats because of the way they can shatter.

"That's the danger of a maple bat," Baker said. "I saw an umpire get slashed on the neck in Kansas City. It's just not worth it to me to use that kind of bat. I don't want that on my conscience."

Umpire Brian O'Nora suffered a concussion and a cut on his forehead after part of Miguel Oliva's broken bat hit him in the head in a game in 2008.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 5:15 pm

Cubs' Colvin hit by bat

Wellington Castillo Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin was hit by a broken bat and has been taken out of the team's game at Florida.

Colvin was hit in the chest by part of a broken bat while scoring from third on Welington Castillo's ground-rule double in the second inning.

Blake DeWitt took his place in the lineup, moved to second, while Micah Hoffpauir was moved to left field, Brad Snyder from left to right and Jeff Baker from second to first.

This story will be updated as soon as more is known.

UPDATE: This update from the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan on Twitter :

Colvin in stable position after being impaled by bat in upper left chest. Minimal external bleeding. Chest X-rays and sutures. Scary Colvin is currently at a Florida hospital.

Tyler Colvin UPDATE: Just saw the replay: the top half of Castillo's bat hit Covlin -- who was watching the ball go into left field -- hit Colvin above the heart. Most of the bat then bounced to the ground, so it wasn't like something you'd see in a vampire movie, but it appeared there was a visible shard of the bat stuck in Colvin with blood around it.

UPDATE: Sullivan has this update :
He was transported to the Ryder Trauma Unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where X-rays are being taken and the wound is being sutured. Colvin may stay in the hospital overnight.

UPDATE: Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets that Colvin will remain in the hospital two-to-three days as the bat punctured his chest wall and air got into his lungs. Despite that, Colvin is OK and his status is still stable.

UPDATE: Sullivan says (via Twitter ) that Colvin has a tube inserted inot his chest to allow air in and prevent his lung from collapsing.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:53 pm

Cubs' Soto to have season-ending surgery

Geovany Soto Cubs catcher Geovany Soto will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Monday, ending his 2010 season.

The former Rookie of the Year has had a solid bounce-back season, hitting .280/.393/.497 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI.

Soto spent time on the disabled list in August with shoulder pain, but returned and played through the pain. The surgery will "clean up" his acromioclavicular joint and he should be ready for the start of spring training.

"Two bones in the AC joint were smashed together, it was like bone-on-bone grinding," Soto told the Chicago Tribune . "I can rehab it all I want, but it's just bone-on-bone, and it's going to be there and it's prone to be there later on."

Koyie Hill will serve as the Cubs' primary catcher for the rest of the season, backed up by Wellington Castillo.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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