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Cubs OF Marlon Byrd to DL with face fractures

The Cubs placed outfielder Marlon Byrd on the 15-day disabled list with multiple face fractures, according to FOXSports.com. Byrd was struck above the eye in last night's game versus the Red Sox, and spent the night at the hospital for further observation. The loss of Byrd, who owned a .308 average through 44 games, is a significant blow to the Cubs.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Marlon Byrd 44 172 23 53 8 1 3 11 5 36 1 1 .308 .346 .419

Reed Johnson will likely take over full time in center field while Byrd is out, which is not necessarily a bad thing because Johnson is hitting .392 with 2 home runs in 51 at-bats. However, he is 9-for-22 (.409) in his last ten games. 

This will also be a nice opportunity for the Cubs to see what young outfielder Tony Campana is made of, although it won't help their chances of climbing up the division anytime soon. In the meantime, pitcher Justin Berg has been recalled.