We have a couple of medical updates late this morning, and we’re still trying to track down a few other questions. First, as you’ve probably read, Tyler Colvin has issued a statement thanking Cubs fans for their support after he was impaled by a piece of Welington Castillo’s bat yesterday in Florida.
Second, catcher Geovany Soto underwent arthroscopic surgery this morning to clean up the area around the AC joint in his right shoulder and to alleviate the pain he’s been feeling. The Cubs said the procedure, performed by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, took about an hour and that Geo already has been discharged from the hospital. There’s a chance we’ll see him at the park this week.
The Cubs say they’ll go with two catchers, Koyie Hill and Castillo, for the final 13 games, but that if circumstances require, they can always get a third catcher, perhaps Robinson Chirinos, who had a great year between Class AA Tennessee and Class AAA Iowa.
As for Colvin, he remains in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and is expected to stay in the hospital for a few more days for observation. If you haven’t seen his statement elsewhere on this site, here it is:
"I want to thank Cubs fans for their support all season, especially right now, and let everyone know that I'm doing OK. "I also want to thank everyone who has helped take care of me here in Miami _ the Cubs and Marlins training and medical staffs, the EMTs at the ballpark and everyone here at the hospital.
"You never want to have a season end early, and I'm disappointed that I'm not going to be able to make it through the finish line with the rest of my teammates. That being said, I couldn't be more thankful for the Cubs organization, my teammates and the opportunity to play for Cubs fans my rookie season. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Colvin’s story was a good one this year. He hit his way onto the team in spring training. Former manager Lou Piniella seemed to forget about him in May, but he got more playing time and wound up with a nice rookie season. His final line is .254/.316/.500 for an OPS of .816. He hit 20 homers with 56 RBI. Colvin walked 30 times and struck out 100. Sure, there’s room for improvement, but he more than held his own and did it all with a smile on his face every day.