Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado was removed from Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Marlins after sustaining a left hand contusion on a hit by pitch. He made his exit in the fifth inning after getting struck by an 88-MPH fastball from Vance Worley, and was examined by a club trainer and manager Bud Black before entering the clubhouse.
Prior to the incident, Arenado went 0-for-2 and was replaced by pinch-runner/shortstop Trevor Story while Pat Valaika switched from short to third base. It’s the second straight game in which Arenado has been pulled, albeit under far more serious circumstances. He was ejected in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 4-3 loss after tossing his bat during an argument over balls and strikes.
The injury shouldn’t cut too deeply into Arenado’s playing time during the rest of the season, as the X-rays were negative and no fracture was found in the infielder’s hand. He’ll likely be day-to-day with the contusion for the time being.
Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.
Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.
“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”