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Cubs’ Casey Coleman survives bat scare

Cubs reliever Casey Coleman doubles over after being hit by Eduardo Escobar’s broken bseventh inning. “I’ll be fine” Coleman said.

Cubs reliever Casey Coleman doubles over after being hit by Eduardo Escobar’s broken bat in the seventh inning. “I’ll be fine,” Coleman said. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP

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Updated: July 23, 2012 7:40AM



The Cubs and reliever Casey Coleman survived a scare Wednesday night when Coleman was struck on the pitching hand by Eduardo Escobar’s broken bat on an inning-ending grounder in the seventh.

X-rays were negative and Coleman said he was prepared to pitch the eighth, but he was removed with swelling in the last three knuckles on the hand.

‘‘I didn’t see it till it actually hit me,’’ Coleman said. ‘‘It’s always scary when something like that happens. I got lucky. Only the barrel part got me.’’

Coleman said the swelling won’t prevent him from being ready if needed when the Cubs open a three-game series Friday at Arizona.

‘‘I’ll be fine,’’ he said.

Rotation flux

Manager Dale Sveum said he’s not sure who will start the next time the injured Ryan Dempster’s turn comes up in the rotation after Randy Wells lasted 3 2/3 innings in a spot start.

‘‘Four walks is unacceptable,’’ Wells (1-2) said of his 69-pitch outing, in which two of the four batters he walked scored. ‘‘I won’t accept it, and they shouldn’t accept it.

‘‘We’ll weigh our options,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘You’ve got other people. The [ Chris ] Volstads , the [ Chris ] Rusins are down there [in the minors]. We’ll weigh our options and see where we’re at.’’

Volstad hasn’t pitched well since being demoted to Class AAA Iowa last month. The left-handed Rusin is considered the prospect closest to being ready.

Another option is to use the day off Thursday to skip Dempster’s spot.

Wrist shot

Third baseman Ian Stewart said the specialist he saw in Cleveland this week found a possible ‘‘impingement’’ between bones in his left hand and signs of an old compression injury that appears to have healed on its own, possibly creating some of the discomfort and occasional tingling he has experienced in his wrist for a year.

Assuming a second cortisone shot this season is effective, Stewart figures to return from the disabled list when eligible June 29. He remains hopeful he can get through the year with maybe one more shot later in the summer.

Surgery remains an option, he said, either at the end of the season or sooner if the latest injection doesn’t resolve the issue.

‘‘We’re just going to have to see how it feels this weekend,’’ said Stewart, who plans to test the fitness of the wrist by hitting off a tee Saturday or Sunday.



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