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Marlon Byrd struck in left eye with pitch, leaves game

May 21, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

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Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was struck on the side of the head by an Alfredo Aceves pitch in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

The Aceves breaking ball rose quickly on Byrd, who attempted to dip his head back at the last second. That motion exposed his left eye from the protective flap and brim of his batting helmet, and he took the pitch square without any sort of ricochet.

Byrd was able to walk off the field under his own power, but a trainer was covering the left side of his face with a towel and blood was spotted by the FOX cameras. He at least suffered a cut, and possibly something much more serious. It was his first at-bat of the game.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com says that Byrd is being taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He never lost consciousness but has a gash under his left eye. There should be updates throughout the night.

  1. frankvzappa - May 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    that was ugly…it looked like it got him in the cheek, as opposed to the temple though, so hopefully he will have a bruise at worst

  2. Old Gator - May 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Real ugly. Hope he’s OK. I suppose all seasons are about the same but for some reason or other this one seems to have had much more than its share of weird and ugly injuries already.

  3. cur68 - May 21, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    They said he never lost consciousness and was being MRI’d. Lucky it wasn’t worse. Looked like it could easily have been.

    The 8th inning was brutal. Did the O2 level drop on the infield or something? Both teams were having adventures on the base paths.

  4. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 21, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Matt Albers and Terry leaving him in is what happened .

    • frankvzappa - May 22, 2011 at 1:24 AM

      seriously, what in the f— was Francona thinking there? the guy obviously didnt have it, and wasnt going to, Francona pretty much lost that game for us…not the first time, either

  5. henryd3rd - May 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    For some reason Theo saw something in Alfredo Aceves that Cashman didn’t. I wonder what it was? Yes; the Sox got him on the cheap for less the $1,000,000.00 per year. The Yanks soured on him after he injured his back and fell off a bike in the off season and broke his collar bone last year. Boston is just the place for a guy looking for a soft landing. Right!

  6. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Alfredo pitched great , giving up 1 run in 5 innings you can’t ask for more , That was the worst game I have personally watched Francona manage , Albers gets shelled to load the bases with no outs , walks in a run , and he still has no one warming up in the Pen , should have left Rich Hill out there , that guy has been great so far this year . Can’t win em all , we had to eventually lose , all good after that 2-10 start look were the Red Sox are now . Todays matchup Wake vs Cubs Pen should see plenty of runs scored.

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