The Astros received good news after their 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks: Jose Altuve's X-rays on his right hand came back negative.
The second baseman had gotten hit on his right hand as he tried to back away from a pitch riding inside on him in the seventh inning. After getting checked out, Altuve left the game and Marwin Gonzalez took his place.
Thursday's game marked the return of Altuve to the lineup after missing a game with an oblique injury. So the chances of a long-term injury, of missing a probable All-Star second baseman, was very real and very scary.
"If anybody gets hit like that, it's a very, very scary time," George Springer said. "Especially for him. He's our guy. As he goes, our team goes."
"You don't want anything to happen to keep me off of the field," Altuve said in describing the scary moment of getting hit. "The way the team's been playing, you want to be a part of it."
But now, at the very least, it doesn't look like Altuve will miss extended time, being listed as day-to-day instead.
"When you get hit with a 90-something-mile-per-hour fastball, that hurts, especially with the hands," Altuve said. "I didn't know what I had, but when they said it was not anything, I was really happy."
Altuve had two hits on Thursday to increase his major-league leading hit total to 90. He's batting .319 with a league-leading 24 stolen bases.