CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman was hit on the right hand by the barrel of a broken bat in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 7-0 loss to the White Sox. X-rays were negative. With two outs in the seventh, Eduardo Escobar busted his bat on a grounder to second baseman Darwin Barney. The barrel of the bat struck Coleman on the right hand, despite him trying to jump out of the way. "It's always scary when something like that happens, but I got lucky," Coleman said. "It was the barrel that hit me on the knuckles. It's scary when you don't see it and all of a sudden it gets you."
Coleman has had balls come back at him, but couldn't remember getting hit by a bat. "For me, I like to avoid the ball," he said. "I've never had the bat come back at me. It was a situation where I couldn't see it. I was lucky to get the out and lucky to be healthy." Coleman was throwing in the clubhouse and prepared to come in for the eighth inning, but the Cubs decided against it. "I was ready to go," Coleman said. "They didn't want to take a chance." He didn't expect to miss any time. "I think it's just a bruise on his last knuckle there," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "The barrel got him pretty square right on the knuckle. It was pretty swollen right away."