Cubs' Byrd on DL with facial fractures

Chicago Cubs Marlon Byrd is helped by a team trainer after being hit by a pitch below his eye by...

Chicago Cubs Marlon Byrd is helped by a team trainer after being hit by a pitch below his eye by Boston Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves during the second inning of their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts May 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, who was hit in the head by a pitch Saturday, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with facial fractures.

In the second inning, Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves threw a pitch high and inside to the right-handed Byrd, who ducked at the last minute but was unable to fully dodge the rising baseball.

Byrd lay on the ground for several minutes while being attended to by Chicago training staff, and was then taken to the locker room.

He was hit below his left eye and spent the night in a local hospital for tests and observation, the Cubs said in a release Sunday. The team added that Byrd was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and will be evaluated in Chicago throughout the week.

In 44 games this season, Byrd is hitting .308 with three homers and 11 RBI.

To replace Byrd on the roster, the Cubs recalled pitcher Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander posted a 4.09 earned run in six relief appearances during his first stint (April 23-May 14) with the big league club this season.


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