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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.
Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.
That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.
The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.
It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.