September 21, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Season over; Cubs’ Colvin thankful

Associated Press
 

Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin remained hospitalized in Miami on Monday, a day after his season ended when part of a shattered bat wound up puncturing his chest.

Colvin was standing at third base in the second inning of Chicago’s 13-3 victory at Florida on Sunday when he was struck by a sliver of Welington Castillo’s broken bat. Castillo doubled on the play and Colvin scored.

A Cubs trainer said 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 and was expected to remain at a Miami hospital for a few more days for observation.

In his statement, Colvin said he was doing OK and expressed thanks to the Cubs’ and Marlins’ training and medical staffs for taking care of him.

Mauer remains day to day

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is out of the starting lineup because of a sore left knee and remains day to day.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire gave no indication that the injury could be more serious.

Mauer injured himself swinging in the sixth inning Sunday and left the game against Oakland.

Braves call up minor leaguer

The Atlanta Braves summoned a minor league pitcher who’s never been in the majors to start the opener of a key three-game series at Philadelphia.

Brandon Beachy made the start Monday because Jair Jurrjens is still nursing a sore right knee.

The 24-year-old right-hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs – two unearned – on four hits in a loss to Philadelphia.

Beachy was 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA as a starter and reliever for Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. He was at the Braves’ instructional league program in Florida when he suddenly got the call to join the pennant race.

Astros, Rangers ‘swap’

The Houston Astros are moving their Triple-A farm club to Oklahoma City, finishing what’s essentially a swap with the Texas Rangers of homes for their top minor-league teams.

The Rangers announced last week they were ending their relationship with the Oklahoma City RedHawks after 28 years. The Rangers chose Triple-A Round Rock (Texas) as its new affiliate.

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