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Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz back to “normal” after outfield crash
MESA, Ariz. – Outfielder Nate Schierholtz was a little bruised but otherwise escaped injury in Friday’s outfield collision with Junior Lake, and was back to work Saturday morning.
“I just got knocked around a little bit out there,” he said. “I didn’t lose consciousness, but I saw stars for a second.”
The Cubs sent him home early Friday for precautionary reasons after the scary collision during a pop-up drill that resulted in the back of Lake’s head cracking Schierholtz in the jaw and right side of the head.
Lake stayed on the field and finished his scheduled work.
“Full speed is never a good combo when two guys collide,” Schierholtz said. “I feel find today. … I’m good to go.”
The irony isn’t lost on Schierholtz that the crash happened during a communication drill.
“Yeah, it’s not ideal,” he said. “There were a couple close calls out there. Next time I’d rather let it drop.”