Cubs Byrd returns after hit in face with pitch
Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd, who missed six weeks
after being hit in the face with a pitch, was activated off the
15-day disabled list and in the lineup against the White Sox.
Boston’s Alfredo Aceves hit Byrd with a pitch below the left eye
on May 21, causing multiple facial fractures. When Byrd first went
to a hospital in Boston, he said he couldn’t see.
But he returns to the Cubs following a four-game rehab
assignment in Iowa. Byrd batted .267 with a homer and three RBI
during his rehab stint and said he was hit with a pitch twice.
In 44 games with the Cubs this season, Byrd is batting .308 with
three home runs and 11 RBIs. He was an All-Star last season.
To make room, the Cubs optioned outfielder Lou Montanez to
Triple-A Iowa. He batted .239 with a homer and nine RBI in 25 games
with the Cubs.