Shattered bat injures former North Augusta standout

MIAMI --- Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin was hospitalized Sunday after his chest was punctured by part of a shattered bat.

Colvin, a former North Augusta and Clemson standout, was standing on third base in the second inning of Chicago's 13-3 victory at Florida when he was struck by a sliver of Welington Castillo's maple bat. Castillo doubled on the play and Colvin scored, but was replaced in the field in the bottom half.

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

A Cubs spokesman said Colvin was in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital and is expected to remain there for the next few days for observation.

Colvin was watching Castillo's liner into the left-field corner and looked surprised when he was hit by the bat.

"These bats, I'm amazed it doesn't happen more," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "We have seen guys get hit with pieces, but to actually get stabbed with one, I just don't ever remember (seeing it)."

A Cubs trainer said Colvin was hit in his upper right chest, allowing air into his chest well and potentially into his lungs. He had very little external bleeding.

Colvin was being treated with a chest tube to prevent a collapsed lung.

The right fielder is expected to miss the rest of the season. He hit .254 with 20 homers and 56 RBI in his first year in the majors.

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seabeau
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seabeau 09/20/10 - 07:34 am
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An increasing number of bats

An increasing number of bats are shattering .A good reason to go to metal bats , or only allow only certain wooden bat designs to be in play.

KSL
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KSL 09/20/10 - 07:36 am
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Are these bats made in China?

Are these bats made in China?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 09/20/10 - 07:56 am
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Most are made in Louisville,

Most are made in Louisville, KY, since Louisville Slugger bats are the most used in baseball.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 09/20/10 - 08:48 am
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MLB needs to outlaw maple

MLB needs to outlaw maple bats and approve only ash. I'm amazed that these accidents don't happen more often and it's only a matter of time when an even more serious injury occurs.

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Little Lamb 09/20/10 - 09:28 am
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Regarding SeaBeau's comment,

Regarding SeaBeau's comment, I think I read that there is a concern about aluminum bats and the high velocities that baseballs achieve when hit by aluminum bats. You could conceivably have more injuries with aluminum bats than you do with wood bats.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/20/10 - 09:31 am
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I just started thinking. You

I just started thinking. You know how far technology has gone with golf clubs and golf balls. If the major leagues switched over to metal bats, the next thing that would happen is that the bat manufacturers would develop bats out of all sorts of fancy alloys that would achieve more speed on the balls in order to gain more hits, more homers, and more excitement.

Bring out the tape measure. It would be the most exciting development since the advent of steroids.

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JackBootedThug 09/20/10 - 10:49 am
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If aluminum bats were brought

If aluminum bats were brought into the majors, there would be certain deaths. Hard hit balls would be like missiles. Stick with only the hardest of woods for bats.

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