CINCINNATI -- All that's left to remind Tyler Colvin of what happened one year ago on Sept. 19 are two scars. One is small, less than the size of his little finger, on his chest. The other one is larger and on his side that the doctors created to help him breathe.
Those are the only souvenirs Colvin has of a freak accident in the second inning of the Cubs' game last year against the Marlins when teammate Welington Castillo's bat broke and one end pierced the outfielder's chest as he ran down the line from third to home.
Colvin did score on the play -- and the Cubs won, 13-3, -- but he had to leave the game with a collapsed lung. His season was over.
"We talked about it, we joked around about it," Colvin said Thursday about a light-hearted conversation he had with Castillo shortly after it happened. "[Castillo] said, 'What were you doing? You need to pay attention.' I told him, 'Hey, you hit a ball to the wall and I was watching that, because I was going to score.'
"We really don't get into it too much," said Colvin, who would prefer the subject doesn't come up. "We talked about it once and joked around, and it was over with."
He doesn't find himself flinching or feels he's more cautious now. It was a fluke.
"There are broken bats all the time but I don't pay attention to it at all," Colvin said.
Castillo used a maple bat; so does Colvin. When the incident happened, there was an outcry to ban maple bats but Colvin hasn't switched. He doesn't see a need to change.
"It had nothing to do with my bats," he said. "My bats are fine."
The only problem was how limited activity-wise Colvin was shortly after the accident.
"At first, just walking was tough because I'd get out of breath and stuff," he said. "I wasn't really cleared to do much until after the wedding [in November]. I started working out Dec. 1."
That's it. He's very matter of fact about what happened and has moved on. Last year, Colvin hit 20 homers and appeared to have a shot at starting in right field. This season has been a struggle. He entered Thursday's game against the Reds batting a puzzling .157, and with less than two weeks to go.
"I'm ready to go," Colvin said. "I come here prepared every day. If I'm in the lineup great, if not, I'll be ready to come off the bench."
Two Cubs prospects make Team USA roster
CINCINNATI -- Cubs prospects Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau will play for Team USA in the 2011 World Cup and Pan Am Games next month, it was announced on Thursday.
The team will compete in both the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama, from Oct. 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Oct. 20-25. The U.S. roster features 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters. Jackson currently ranks 36th on MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects List and played in 2010 in the Pan Am qualifier.
Beliveau began the season at Class A Daytona and posted a 0.52 ERA in 12 games, giving up one earned run over 17 1/3 innings. He was promoted to Double-A Tennessee and went 6-1 with three saves and a 1.89 ERA in 41 games, striking out 69 over 57 innings. Opposing batters hit .183 against the lefty, who was the Cubs' 18th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Jackson, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in June 2009, batted .274 with 20 homers and 23 doubles at Triple-A Tennessee and Iowa combined.
Former MLB player Ernie Young will manage the U.S. team in Panama and Mexico, and will be joined on the coaching staff by pitching coach Kirk Champion and hitting coach and former Cubs first baseman Leon Durham.
Lineup set for Wood's bowling tournament
CHICAGO -- Cubs players, former Chicago Bear Steve McMichael, and former Bull Scottie Pippen will be celebrity bowlers in the sixth Kerry Wood's Strike Zone Bowling Tournament on Sunday.
There also is an online auction, which ends Saturday at 10 p.m. CT. Proceeds from the auction and bowling tournament will benefit the Wood Family Foundation, which has raised more than $2 million for children in and around the Chicago area already.
Among the items available in the auction are a vintage Wrigley Field seat signed by Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. You also can bid on Geovany Soto's catcher's mask that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen kicked during the Interleague series. How about a six-course dinner for 10 at Wood's home or an autographed ukulele and CD of Eddie Vedder's "Ukulele Songs?" All of that and more is available.
There also are autographed jerseys by the Yankees' Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, and a bat autographed by Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. If you're a South Side baseball fan, there are items autographed by the White Sox's Juan Pierre, Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.
Online bidders will be represented by proxy and be notified of their winning bids the next week. Go to the KerryWoodStrikeZone.org for more information.
Quade happy with effort from team
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he hasn't seen the "fight" in his team. Cubs manager Mike Quade Thursday said he's happy with the effort he's gotten from his players.
"I don't know what's going on on the South Side and it's not my place to get involved in that," Quade said when asked to comment on Guillen. "[The Cubs players] haven't, they didn't last year, and I don't think it's in their nature. That's unfortunate [with the White Sox]. I'm happy with the effort we're getting here."
Quade said if he saw any lackadaisical approach, he'd be concerned, but that hasn't happened. And what about Guillen's comments?
"Ozzie's always worn it on his sleeve -- that's what he does," Quade said. "He's probably more vocal in that regard than I am. If he's upset, you usually don't have to sneak around to figure it out.
"We're on different sides of town and different people," he said.
Right-hander Justin Berg will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday. Berg, 27, pitched in eight games for the Cubs from late April to May, compiling a 3.75 ERA. In 27 games at Triple-A Iowa, he had a 5.16 ERA.
Mobile scored five runs with two outs in the third inning en route to a 6-3 win Wednesday over Tennessee in Game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series. A.J. Pollock hit a two-run single and Ryan Wheeler added a three-run homer in the third to give Patrick Corbin (1-1) the win. Marco Carrillo took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk. The Smokies took a 1-0 lead on Jae-Hoon Ha's homer in the first. Pinch-hitter Ty Wright hit a two-run homer in the fifth to close to 5-3 but that's as close as the Smokies could get.
Game 2 will be Thursday in Mobile. Brooks Raley is slated to start for the Smokies against Jarrod Parker.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.