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Schierholtz still sore after collision with Lake in drill

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MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz had a sore jaw and headache after a Friday collision with Junior Lake during a drill.

"I just got knocked around a little bit out there," Schierholtz said Saturday. "I didn't lose consciousness, but I saw stars for a second. I took it easy the rest of the day and I feel good today."

Lake hit Schierholtz on the right side of his jaw and head. Schierholtz wasn't exactly certain what body part he collided with, but he did feel it.

"I don't know what it was," Schierholtz said. "I don't remember the play. ... Full speed, it's never a good combo when two guys collide."

Ironically, this was a drill to work on communication.

"It's not ideal," Schierholtz said. "There were almost a couple close calls out there. Next time I'd rather just let the ball drop."

This is why teams do these drills in Spring Training.

He was expected to take part in Saturday's practice, but was not part of early work by some of the outfielders.

"I'm fine," he said. "I feel good, aside from a sore jaw and side of my head."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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