GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Guardians utility man Gabriel Arias left Friday night’s game in the sixth inning after getting hit in the right hand by a pitch from Manuel Rodriguez in a Cactus League game against the Cubs at Goodyear Ballpark.
Manager Terry Francona said after the Guardians’ 5-3 win that Arias should be all right. He said a scan of the hand did not show any breaks. The team called the injury a contusion.
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“The scan was good. He’s already feeling better,” said Francona.
The right-handed hitting Arias immediately jumped back in pain after getting hit. He sat down behind the plate while Francona and trainers attended to him. Last season Arias suffered a broken right hand after getting hit by a pitch while playing at Class AAA Columbus.
He needed surgery on the hand and spent more than a month on the injured list.
Arias entered Friday’s game as a defensive replacement for shortstop Amed Rosario. He was hit in his first at-bat of the night.
Tyler Freeman and Arias entered spring training competing for the utility job. Freeman was optioned to Columbus on Tuesday.
The broken hand stalled Arias’ development last season, but he still managed to play 16 games for Cleveland and appeared in five postseason games. At Columbus he hit .240 (69 for 288) with 13 homers and 36 RBI.
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