MIAMI — What should have been a celebration of the best nine-game road trip in Cubs history was muted Sunday after outfielder Tyler Colvin was impaled in the left upper chest with a broken bat and taken to a local hospital.
The incident occurred during the second inning of the Cubs' 13-3 victory over the Marlins, leaving them 8-1 on the trip with a six-game winning streak.
Colvin was coming home from third on Welington Castillo’s RBI double, watching the ball in flight, when the sharp part of the broken bat hit him in the chest, inches from his heart and jugular vein. He swatted away the bat, which did not stick, and was treated immediately in the dugout.
Colvin was listed in stable condition Sunday night in the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. A tube was inserted into his chest to prevent a collapsed lung. He’ll remain hospitalized for two or three days, and his promising rookie season is over. The Cubs said he was fortunate to elude a much more serious injury.
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Colvin’s breathing was not labored, and there was very little blood. There was no immediate word on the depth of the wound, but Jeff Baker said the team was concerned after some of the players went into the trainer’s room and saw how deep it was.