Aaron Gleeman

Hit by pitch breaks Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso’s hand

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Colorado will begin the season without utility infielder Daniel Descalso, who suffered what the team is calling a small fracture on the top of his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Friday.

Descalso signed a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Rockies last offseason after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Cardinals. He played a limited role for Colorado, receiving a total of 40 starts and 209 plate appearances while hitting .205 with five homers and a .607 OPS.

Once healthy Descalso figures to serve in basically the same capacity this season, backing up all the infield spots and starting once or twice per week.