BOSTON _ The Cubs today placed center fielder Marlon Byrd on the 15-day disabled list with multiple facial fractures. They've recalled reliever Justin Berg from Class AAA Iowa to take Byrd's roster spot. Byrd was hit in the face last night by a pitch from the Red Sox' Alfredo Aceves.
After spending the night in the hospital, Byrd was released this afternoon. He's expected to fly home with the Cubs tonight and be evaluated through the week by several specialists. After that, the Cubs will have an idea of how long Byrd will be out of action. First baseman Carlos Pena said he visited Byrd last night. The good news, according to Carlos, was that Marlon said he could see, albeit a little blurry. That was Marlon's initial concern right after being hit, as you might expect.
You saw the lineup and the minor-league roundup on today's earlier blog:
Feel free to keep commenting on that blog, and I'll check in on both of them. Here is the lineup again:
James Russell is the starting pitcher. Manager Mike Quade said the Cubs will assess the roster situation in the next day or two. They needed the extra body in the bullpen tonight with Russell starting. I'd expect them to call up an outfielder early on the upcoming homestand.
"Everbody's available, so we'll see," Q said about his relievers.