Byrd suffers facial cut from foul ball

Byrd suffers facial cut from foul ball

CHICAGO -- Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital for X-rays as a precautionary measure after a foul ball bounced off the dirt and hit the Cubs center fielder on the right side of the face.

Byrd had a small facial cut and a bruise after getting hit in the third inning in Friday's 7-1 loss to the Cardinals. His status is day to day.

He made another diving catch on Thursday, adding to his already feature-length personal highlight reel of defensive plays. As far as Cubs manager Mike Quade is concerned, Byrd should be considered for a Gold Glove. Other center field contenders, Quade said, include the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, the Phillies' Shane Victorino and the Astros' Michael Bourn. All three run better than Byrd but he gets good reads off the bat.

"[Byrd] is in the conversation for sure," Quade said.

Byrd has struggled lately, batting .224 in September, and was hitting .215 in the No. 3 spot in the batting order. He took over when Derrek Lee was traded Aug. 18 to the Braves.

"I find the three-hole has nothing to do with that," Quade said of Byrd's numbers. "He loves the challenge. There's not a challenge on this planet that he doesn't enjoy.

"He's our best hitter day in and day out average-wise," Quade said. "He had a lot of success in the three-hole before struggling a little bit lately. It's the ups and downs of the season. You watch him play and how hard he plays and he never wants a day off."

When Byrd made the great catch Thursday, the Giants had an 11-0 lead. He could've let the ball drop.

"He's oblivious [to the score]," Quade said. "When it comes to effort, the score doesn't matter. You want that in everybody. He's got a job to do and takes great pride in his defense. You're going to see him leave his feet no matter what the situation was."

The wind Thursday also made the play tough.

"That [catch and effort] is who he is," Quade said. "That exemplifies to me, who Marlon Byrd is."