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Bat shard sends rookie to hospital

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

Colvin 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 in Miami 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.

MAUER LEAVES WITH INJURY

Reigning American League MVP Joe Mauer left Minnesota’s 6-2 loss to Oakland on Sunday with a balky left knee and is day to day.

Mauer tweaked the knee while swinging when he grounded out in the sixth. He was replaced defensively by Jose Morales in the seventh.

“I really don’t know a whole lot right now,” Mauer said. “Obviously I’d rather not have this going on, but here it is.”

The Twins own a 10-game lead in the AL Central, and the playoffs seem all but certain.

“It’s frustrating any time,” Mauer said. “We’re going to see how it is the next couple of days and go from there.

LEYLAND REACHES MILESTONE

Detroit’s Jim Leyland became the 18th manager to work 3,000 major league games when the Tigers wrapped up their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.

Leyland began Sunday with a 1,486-1,511 record over 19 years with Pittsburgh, Florida, Colorado and Detroit, leading the Marlins to the championship in 1997 and the Tigers to the pennant in 2006. The 1989 Pirates played two weather-related ties that counted as games managed.

Eleven of the first 17 managers to reach the milestone are in the Hall of Fame, and the other three who are still active – Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre – likely will get there.

Leyland is just the fourth with a losing record to work 3,000 games, joining Connie Mack (.486), Bucky Harris (.493) and Gene Mauch (.483).

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