MIAMI — Nolan Arenado and Rockies fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief after the all-star third baseman took a fastball to his left hand on Sunday.
Arenado left the game against the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning after getting hit on a pitch by Vance Worley.
Worley’s fastball hit Arenado between the wrist and his left pinkie.
X-rays came back negative and the Rockies are calling it a contusion, essentially a bruise.
“Whenever you get hit in the hand, it scares you,” Arenado said after the game. “It hurt real bad. It got real tight. That was my concern — how tight it was getting. Luckily it’s not broken, but it hurts a little bit.”
He added the hand was “swollen and stiff.”
Arenado will likely have to miss a few games, but hopes to avoid the disabled list.
He has only missed three games and is batting a .311 with 26 home runs, and is the major league leader with 100 RBI.
The Rockies lost, 5-3, against the Marlins and fell to 65-52. The loss also completed the Marlins’ sweep over the Rockies, whose lead for the second wild-card berth is down to 4 1/2 games to the St. Louis Cardinals.