Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado leaves game with injury (video)
By Kevin Henry
Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies left Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins in south Florida after being hit on his left hand by a pitch from Miami starter Vance Worley.
Worley hit Arenado on a 1-1 pitch in the top of the fifth inning. Arenado immediately reacted in pain and, after several moments, headed straight to the dugout. He was taken out of the game and replaced by pinch runner Trevor Story, who stayed in the game to play shortstop while Pat Valaika moved over to third to take Arenado’s place.
As Story made his way onto the field to run for Arenado, the All-Star third baseman could be seen grabbing his hat and glove and heading to the Rockies locker room.
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Arenado was 0-for-2 on the day before being hit by Worley. Coming into the game, Arenado was hitting .313 with 26 home runs and logging 100 RBI. He collected with 100th RBI on a two-run homer on Friday, becoming the first National League player to reach the 100-RBI mark since Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplished the feat from 1971-1973.
The 26-year-old third baseman leads Major League Baseball with those 100 RBI and was tied for first with 66 extra-base hits heading into Sunday’s action.
It has been a rough trip to Miami for the All-Star, who was in Marlins Park last month as the starting third baseman for the National League. In the series against Miami, Arenado went 1-for-9 with a homer and two RBI. He was also ejected from Saturday night’s game after showing his frustration following a called check swing third strike. It was just the third ejection of Arenado’s career.
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Heading into Sunday, Arenado, in 24 games since the All-Star break, ranked second in the National League in RBI (30) and fifth in slugging percentage (.707).