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Nolan Arenado exits game after hit by pitch on hand

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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.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.