Tyler Colvin in stable condition after being impaled by broken bat
Updated, 2:39 p.m.
Tyler Colvin, impaled by a shattered bat in the Chicago Cubs' game Sunday in Miami, issued a statement thanking fans as he continues to recover in a Miami hospital.
"I want to thank Cubs fans for their support all season, especially right now, and let everyone know that I'm doing OK," Colvin said in a statement. "I also want to thank everyone who has helped take care of me here in Miami -- the Cubs and Marlins training and medical staffs, the EMTs at the ballpark and everyone here at the hospital."
A 25-year-old rookie, Colvin will miss the rest of the season.
"You never want to have a season end early, and I'm disappointed that I'm not going to be able to make it through the finish line with the rest of my teammates," Colvin said. "That being said, I couldn't be more thankful for the Cubs organization, my teammates and the opportunity to play for Cubs fans my rookie season. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Updated, 11:44 a.m.
Tyler Colvin remains hospitalized in Miami as he recovers from a frightening freak accident that occurred as he was running the bases in the Chicago Cubs' game Sunday against the Florida Marlins.
Colvin, the Cubs' baserunner at third, was struck by a piece of shattered bat ("impaled" seems like too strong a term; "stabbed" is more accurate) as he scored. He is in stable condition with a tube in his chest to prevent a collapsed lung and will not play again this season. "We've seen guys get hit by pieces, but to actually get stabbed by one..." Cubs Manager Mike Quade said.
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