Guest star: Sutcliffe 'took one for the team'

In camp to instruct pitchers, Cubs legend rewarded after being struck by Soler's errant throw

MESA, Ariz. -- The first "star" in Cubs camp went to Rick Sutcliffe.

Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez awards yellow-star stickers to players or coaches, and Sutcliffe, who is in camp to work with the pitchers, got one Wednesday after he was struck by an errant throw from outfielder Jorge Soler. Sutcliffe documented his new stardom on Twitter.

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"Yes the 1st STAR of #Cubs camp goes to The Red Baron!" Sutcliffe posted.

"For those who don't know a STAR goes to a guy who did something extraordinary the day before! #Cubs #ESPN"

"FYI it's also my 1st Career Star!!"

Martinez said Sutcliffe got the sticker, which he put on his cap, because he "took one for the team." First-base coach Brandon Hyde tried to pull Sutcliffe out of the way, but the ball still struck the big redhead. Hyde also got a star for his efforts.

Sutcliffe thought Chris Coghlan had made the throw.

"I said, 'Whoever did it, I'm going to kick their [butt],'" Sutcliffe said. "I felt pretty confident if it was Coghlan, but now that I know it was Soler, I don't know."

Soler does throw hard.

"It hurt like hell," Sutcliffe said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.