One year later, Colvin reflects on accident

One year later, Colvin reflects on accident

One year later, Colvin reflects on accident
CINCINNATI -- All that's left to remind Tyler Colvin of what happened one year ago on Sept. 19 are two scars. One is small, less than the size of his little finger, on his chest. The other one is larger and on his side that the doctors created to help him breathe.

Those are the only souvenirs Colvin has of a freak accident in the second inning of the Cubs' game last year against the Marlins when teammate Welington Castillo's bat broke and one end pierced the outfielder's chest as he ran down the line from third to home.

Colvin did score on the play -- and the Cubs won, 13-3, -- but he had to leave the game with a collapsed lung. His season was over.

"We talked about it, we joked around about it," Colvin said Thursday about a light-hearted conversation he had with Castillo shortly after it happened. "[Castillo] said, 'What were you doing? You need to pay attention.' I told him, 'Hey, you hit a ball to the wall and I was watching that, because I was going to score.'

"We really don't get into it too much," said Colvin, who would prefer the subject doesn't come up. "We talked about it once and joked around, and it was over with."

He doesn't find himself flinching or feels he's more cautious now. It was a fluke.

"There are broken bats all the time but I don't pay attention to it at all," Colvin said.

Castillo used a maple bat; so does Colvin. When the incident happened, there was an outcry to ban maple bats but Colvin hasn't switched. He doesn't see a need to change.

"It had nothing to do with my bats," he said. "My bats are fine."

The only problem was how limited activity-wise Colvin was shortly after the accident.

"At first, just walking was tough because I'd get out of breath and stuff," he said. "I wasn't really cleared to do much until after the wedding [in November]. I started working out Dec. 1."

That's it. He's very matter of fact about what happened and has moved on. Last year, Colvin hit 20 homers and appeared to have a shot at starting in right field. This season has been a struggle. He entered Thursday's game against the Reds batting a puzzling .157, and with less than two weeks to go.

"I'm ready to go," Colvin said. "I come here prepared every day. If I'm in the lineup great, if not, I'll be ready to come off the bench."