Nolan Arenado, the All-Star third baseman for the Colorado Rockies, was taken out of the game on Wednesday afternoon after he was hit in the left forearm by Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels.
After the Wednesday loss to the Cubs, Nolan Arenado met with reporters (including Rox Pile) inside the Colorado Rockies clubhouse and explained that he had left the game after his forearm began to tighten up. One of the first questions asked of Arenado after discussing the injury was if he believed he would miss any time because of being hit by the pitch. We now know the answer to that question.
Arenado was back in Colorado’s lineup on Thursday as the Rockies open a key four-game series against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. While the X-rays taken on Wednesday did not reveal a break, Arenado was considered day-to-day to combat any swelling and bruising.
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"“The first, initial reaction when you get hit on the arms or hands is something scary,” Arenado told Rox Pile and other reporters on Wednesday. “When I first got hit, it was on the meat (of the arm) and it was feeling OK. But it was throbbing and it got super tight. And sometimes when it gets super tight, quickly, you are afraid it might be a break.”"
Arenado, who is the leading vote-getter in the National League All-Star balloting at third base, is hitting .330 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI. While still early in the season, Arenado’s OPS of .986 represents a career-high.
According to MLB.com, Arenado will bat fourth once again on Thursday night and return to his customary role at third base.
We will keep this story updated below with comments when they become available from Arenado and Colorado manager Bud Black.
UPDATE: Important to note, Arenado has said that he will be testing his arm out in batting practice to ensure he can play tonight. We will keep you updated…
FRIDAY UPDATE: Arenado is not in the lineup tonight purely as a day off, Bud Black said earlier today.