Josh Rojas diagnosed with contusion after hit by pitch

CHICAGO — The Diamondbacks and third baseman Josh Rojas are hopeful they avoided a major injury when X-rays on Rojas’ left hand came back negative after he was hit by a pitch in the first inning at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

“That was a big relief,” said Rojas, who was diagnosed with a contusion. “I was pretty nervous with how fast it swelled up on me.”

The injury occurred on a strange sequence. Rojas tried to check his swing on an inside fastball from Cubs left-hander Justin Steele. The ball struck Rojas on the hand, causing him to lose his grip on the bat, which then apparently swung through the zone. Umpires called it a swing, meaning Rojas not only hurt himself, he also struck out.

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