LOS ANGELES -- The Nationals received a scare during their 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. With two outs in the ninth inning, Nationals infielder Chad Tracy entered the game as pinch-hitter and was hit on the right wrist and hand by a Kenley Jansen pitch.
Tracy was in serious pain, left the game, and was replaced by right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson, who came in as a pinch-runner. Manager Davey Johnson thought Tracy's hand was broken, but an X-ray taken afterward revealed that Tracy suffered a bone bruise, and he is listed as day to day.
"The pain went away quickly," Tracy said. "My hand feels fine now. My pinky went numb for a second. It was probably just a nerve. I've never been hit in the hand. So [Jansen] had nice cutter. I didn't pick it up until late."
Tracy has been a valuable pinch-hitter for the Nationals. His five pinch-hit RBIs are tied for the Major League lead entering Saturday's action.