The Colorado Rockies have remained in line to reach the playoffs all season long, but the National League West ball club may have just encountered a major setback. On Sunday afternoon against the Miami Marlins, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was hit in the left hand by an errant pitch and promptly left the game.
While struck by an errant pitch out of the hand of Marlins right-hander Vance Worley, Arenado would make his premature departure in the top half of the fifth inning with the Rockies already trailing 5-3. He was replaced in the lineup by shortstop Trevor Story as Pat Valaika shifted over from up the middle to the hot corner.
It is also worth noting that Arenado finished the Sunday afternoon outing 0-for-2 in addition to the hit-by-pitch.
Nolan Arenado hit by a pitch, exits game early pic.twitter.com/nV6PmNZDXg
— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) August 13, 2017
The 26-year-old corner infielder is currently in the midst of yet another stellar campaign. Already appearing in 114 games in 2017, Arenado is now batting .313 with 26 home runs and 100 RBI to accompany his .361 on-base percentage. Last season, the veteran slugger produced a .294 batting average with 41 home runs, 133 RBI and a .362 on-base percentage.
Nolan Arenado exited today's game with a left hand contusion. X-rays were negative. pic.twitter.com/o8msqg5cDc
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 13, 2017
Emerging as one of the best all-around players in the league over the course of the last several seasons, Arenado has spent his entire five-year big league career as a member of the Rockies. For his major league tenure as a whole, he is currently batting .290 with 137 home runs and 476 RBI alongside a .336 on-base percentage across 2,603 at-bats in all.