X-rays inconclusive on Paul Goldschmidt’s left hand following hit-by-pitch

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was hit in the left hand on a pitch from Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri last night and Adam Litchstein of MLB.com reports that X-rays came back inconclusive.

Goldschmidt didn’t start last night’s game, but entered as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth inning and stayed in to hit for the final half-inning. The injury was added insult for the Diamondbacks, who saw a 4-1 lead turn into a 9-4 loss. Goldschimdt had his hand wrapped in ice after the game and will be re-evaluated today.

“I’ve never had any broken bones or fractures or anything like that,” Goldschmidt said. “It felt OK, but obviously there’s still some pain because it hit it pretty good.

“I don’t know what it would feel like if it was or wasn’t anything wrong with it.”

One of the few bright spots for the Diamondbacks this season, Goldschmidt is batting .300/.396/.542 with 19 home runs, 69 RBI, and nine stolen bases over 109 games.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.