Byrd’s ‘eye-view’ needs healing time
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:02 pm
By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Marlon Byrd on the 15-day disabled list with multiple facial fractures on Sunday, a day after he was beaned in the left eye by a pitch from Boston’s Alfredo Aceves that sent him to the hospital complaining, “I can’t see.”
First baseman Carlos Pena, who visited Byrd in the hospital after Saturday night’s game, said his teammate was sitting up in bed, with two pizzas on his lap.
“He’s doing well. He’s a tough kid,” Pena said. “Thank God. I’m so relieved to see him conscious.”
Byrd was struck by a fastball on the left side of his head near the ear flap on a 1-2 pitch from Aceves. The Cubs center fielder crumpled onto his back, kicked his legs in the air then quickly got up holding his hand to his face, which had a cut near the left cheekbone.
He walked to the dugout on his own and down the stairs toward the clubhouse.
“When you see an injury like that, hits you in the face, a fastball — you want to be optimistic,” Pena said. “When he was walking off the field, he said, ’I can’t see. My left eye.’ … It was scary. When you hear a crowd make a certain noise. It’s something you can’t explain. You fear the worse for your friend.”
Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said Byrd was released from a Boston hospital and flew home with the team following Sunday night’s series finale.
He is expected to be re-evaluated this week in Chicago and it’s uncertain how long he’ll be sidelined.
“The heck with baseball. I’m more concerned with the person’s health,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “He’ll get ready when he’s ready.”
Published in The Messenger 5.24.11