Former Clemson standout and current Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin has been released from the hospital after a freak injury on Sunday in Miami against the Marlins. The injury occurred when pieces of catcher Welington Castillo’s broken bat struck Colvin in the chest during a game. Colvin was on third base and running towards the plate when the injury occurred.
If you didn’t see it and you don’t have a queasy stomach, you can watch the incident here.
It was a scary situation for sure. According to a Cubs trainer, Colvin was hit in his upper chest, allowing air into his chest well and potentially into his lungs. He was being treated with a chest tube to prevent a collapsed lung.
Colvin, who is from North Augusta, is on his way back to South Carolina now. He can’t fly because of the injury so his grandfather is driving him back home. The Cubs are hoping he can play again this season, but there is still no timetable for Colvin’s return.
The injury has rekindled the debate about wood bats, specifically maple bats, in Major League games. Most players use bats made of ash and splints, which break into larger chunks than maple when the split. Maple bats, like the one Castillo was using Sunday, sometimes splinter into smaller more dangerous fragments. Some players prefer the maple bats because maple is a heavier wood and they believe it can add power. Barry Bonds used a maple bat (and steroids?) when he hit 73 home runs in 2001. Despite some players and coaches concerns about maple bats, Major League Baseball has deemed them safe.