Cubs' Colvin in hospital after bat shard pierces chest

MIAMI (Reuters) - Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin was rushed to hospital after having his chest punctured by a shard from a shattered bat in a freak accident during the team's 13-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Colvin was struck when running down the third-base line in the second inning when team mate Welington Castillo's bat broke during his at-bat.

Although injured, Colvin was still able to score on the play before he was taken from the game to go to hospital.

He was in stable condition in hospital and would have further tests, local media said.

"I'm amazed it doesn't happen more often," Cubs manager Mike Quade told the team's website (chicago.cubs.mlb.com).

"Over the last 10 years, I've seen a lot of projectiles out there. Sometimes I've seen it happen three or four times a night where bats get snapped in half."

Colvin had been enjoying a solid first year, tied for the Major League rookie lead with 20 home runs.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Ian Ransom)