2/22 Schierholtz OK after collision

Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz had a sore jaw and headache after a collision on Friday with Junior Lake during a drill.

“I just got knocked around a little bit out there,” Schierholtz said Saturday. “I didn’t lose consciousness but I saw stars for a second. I took it easy the rest of the day and I feel good today.”

Lake collided with Schierholtz on the right side of his jaw and head. Schierholtz wasn’t exactly certain what body part he collided with, but he did feel it.

“I don’t know what it was,” Schierholtz said. “I don’t remember the play. … Full speed, it’s never a good combo when two guys collide.”

Ironically, this was a drill to work on communication.

“It’s not ideal,” Schierholtz said. “There were almost a couple close calls out there. Next time I’d rather just let the ball drop.”

This is why teams do these drills in Spring Training.

“Exactly,” Schierholtz said.

He was expected to take part in Saturday’s practice but was not part of early work by some of the outfielders.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I feel good, aside from a sore jaw and side of my head.”

– Carrie Muskat

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