Coleman uninjured after broken-bat scare

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman was counting his blessings after an encounter with a broken bat that he won’t be forgetting any time soon.

While getting Eduardo Escobar to ground out to end the seventh inning, the head of Escobar’s broken bat flew back to the mound and hit Coleman in his pitching hand.

“I didn’t see it until it actually hit me,” Coleman said. “It’s always scary when something like that happens. But I got lucky. It was just the barrel that hit me on the knuckles. It’s scary when you don’t see it especially.”

Coleman said it could have been much worse if the jagged pointed end of the broken bat struck him.

Coleman said the bat got him on the last three knuckles of his right hand and X-rays immediately after the incident were negative. Coleman was on the bench by the time the last out of the game was made and he didn’t even have an ice pack on his hand as he ate his postgame meal.

He doesn’t think it will affect him moving forward and he was actually throwing ball in the clubhouse area in anticipation of going back into the game but he was removed from the contest.