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Arenado leaves Rockies' game with bruised left hand

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado, second from left, is checked out by a trainer as manager Bud Black, left, and left fielder Gerardo Parra (8) look on, after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Miami. Arenado left the game after being hit on the left hand by an 88-mph fastball thrown by Vance Worley. The Marlins defeated the Rockies 5-3. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado, second from left, is checked out by a trainer as manager Bud Black, left, and left fielder Gerardo Parra (8) look on, after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Miami. Arenado left the game after being hit on the left hand by an 88-mph fastball thrown by Vance Worley. The Marlins defeated the Rockies 5-3. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado says he feared the worst when he took an 88-mph fastball on the left hand Sunday.

X-rays were negative, and the injury was diagnosed as a bruise, which took a little sting out of the pitch.

"Whenever you get hit in the hand, it scares you," said Arenado, the major league leader with 100 RBIs. "It hurt real bad. It got real tight. That was my concern — how tight it was getting. Luckily it's not broken, but it hurts a little bit."

Arenado was hit by a pitch from Vance Worley. Following the Rockies' 5-3 loss , Arenado said his hand was swollen and stiff, but he hopes to be sidelined for only a couple of days and avoid a stint on the disabled list.

The All-Star third baseman has missed only three games this season and is batting .311.

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