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Marlon Byrd goes on DL with multiple facial fractures

May 22, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

Marlon Byrd after beaning Reuters

Center fielder Marlon Byrd was released from the hospital Sunday after an overnight stay, but the Cubs confirmed that he had suffered multiple fractures as a result of Saturday’s beaning and placed him on the disabled list.

Needing some relief help after scratching Matt Garza from his scheduled start tonight, the Cubs called up right-hander Justin Berg to replace Byrd.

Byrd was struck near his left eye by an Alfredo Aceves fastball in the second inning of Saurday’s game against the Red Sox.  The Cubs have no timetable for his return.

Aceves said he tried to get in touch with Byrd to apologize over the incident, but he’s so far been unsuccessful.

Reed Johnson will start in Byrd’s place tonight and figures to have a large role while Byrd is out.   Tyler Colvin, who started 14 games in center field for the Cubs last year, was demoted to Triple-A last week after hitting .113 in 62 at-bats.   Triple-A Iowa’s primary center fielder, Fernando Perez, is batting just .207/.319/.310 in 116 at-bats.

Top prospect Brett Jackson, who would have been a candidate to step in, has missed the last 11 days with a finger injury. He was hitting .295/.420/.518 with four homers and 13 steals for Double-A Tennessee before going down.

  1. cur68 - May 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    He’s lucky he still has his eye, but busted bones aint no never mind either. Anyhow, I’m real happy that’s all it turned out to be.

  2. wonkypenguin - May 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    I just can’t believe he bounced up and ran off the field. I mean, it looked HORRENDOUS. I hope his eyesight is fine and the bones heal quickly. Wow.

  3. fordman84 - May 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I figured he broke some orbital bones when they broke in to show that. Glad he didn’t have eye damage. He’s a tough cookie, hope he is able to get this behind him and step into the batters box without any issues. Not sure I’d be able to.

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