Astros closer Jose Veras, who left Thursday’s game in the 10th inning after being hit in the hand on a come-backer from James Loney, does not have a fracture and should be fine.
The right-hander took a direct shot around the pinky area. Veras couldn’t get a feel for his changeup after being hit by the ball.
“It’s more of a bruise than anything,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “We went out there and he couldn’t grip his changeup, that’s why we made the decision (to take him out). He was fine with his fastball and his breaking ball. We weren’t going to take any chances at that point.
“He was checked out by doctors and they ruled out any break or fracture, just a bruise. I talked to him and he said he’ll be fine.”
Veras pitched a scoreless ninth inning of a 5-5 game. Loney led off the 10th inning and was out at first base on a throw from second baseman Jose Altuve. Veras was replaced by Josh Fields, who took the loss in Tampa Bay’s 7-5 11-inning win.
Veras notched his 17th save of the season on Wednesday, throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays.