BOSTON, MA - MAY 21: Marlon Byrd #24 of the Chicago Cubs is hits a in the head by a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Tonight the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox are wearing replica uniforms from 1918. Before this series, the two teams haven't played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Marlon Byrd Injury: Cubs Outfielder Eying Mid-July Return

Marlon Byrd has been out with facial fractures sustained after a beanball, and he's looking towards a return around the All-Star break.

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Cubs' Marlon Byrd Released From Hospital

The Cubs' Marlon Byrd, who was hit near his left eye by Boston's Alfredo Aceves in Saturday night's 9-3 win over the Red Sox, was released from a Boston-area hospital Sunday morning, according to Chicago Breaking Sports.

The article quotes ESPN's John Kruk as saying that he spoke to Byrd this morning:

ESPN's John Kruk spoke to Byrd on the phone Sunday, and was told that Byrd would leave the hospital soon, and that his left eye was swollen shut.

There's been no further word on the severity of the injury beyond that, nor have the Cubs announced a roster move, though it's clear that Byrd won't be playing for quite some time and the Cubs will need another outfielder. It's possible that Tyler Colvin will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa, where he was sent on May 17. Normally, players must stay in the minor leagues for at least 10 days after being optioned, but there are exceptions to that rule in the case of an injury.

The Cubs and Red Sox conclude their interleague series Sunday night at Fenway Park.

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