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Cubs Byrd to DL with multiple facial fractures

Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with multiple facial fractures after being hit under his left eye by a pitch by Boston's Alfredo Aceves on Saturday. There is no timetable for his return.

Pitcher Justin Berg was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and was at Fenway Park on Sunday to take Byrd's spot on the active roster. Berg was pitching at Triple-A Iowa, where he was 2-0 with a 2.27 ERA in seven relief appearances, giving up two runs on eight hits over eight innings. This will be his second stint with the big league team this year.

Byrd was released from the hospital Sunday and was to fly back to Chicago with the team after its game Sunday night against the Red Sox. He will see specialists in Chicago, and a team official said it will be several days before they know when Byrd can resume activities.With one out in the Cubs' second inning and the count 1-2 against Aceves, Byrd was struck by a 92 mph fastball and dropped to the dirt. He was writhing in pain -- and grabbed his face. He was able to walk off under his own power and had a bloody gash under his eye.

"There's nothing you can do about a walk or a hit by pitch," Aceves said. "Nothing intentional, obviously."

Byrd never lost consciousness. He was taken to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to be examined and remained there overnight. Aceves did try to contact the Cubs outfielder to see if he was all right.

Byrd was batting .308 with three home runs and 11 RBIs, and had hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games.

The Cubs needed a pitcher after Sunday's starter, Matt Garza, was scratched because of tightness in his right elbow.
Source- Cubs' Marlon Byrd to 15-day DL with multiple facial fractures | News

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