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When the swelling and discomfort in Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill's left hand persisted days after being hit in the hand by a pitch, the team decided to take a closer look. The crack in the bone that had not been visible on two separate X-rays made itself known on an MRI taken Monday.
While the Diamondbacks have not specified the precise location of the injury, typically the reference to a "broken hand" equates to a fractured metacarpal, one of the five long bones connecting the wrist joint to the fingers. Hill appeared to absorb the blow just beneath the fifth finger of his left hand. There has been no report that surgery is needed, and the difficulty in visualizing the break suggests it is small and nondisplaced, all of which are positives. On Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is offering a four- to six-week timetable for Hill, which is consistent with the time it takes a fracture to heal. How well the bone is healing early on will dictate when Hill can start two-handed activities like swinging a bat.
In 2012, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and suffered a fractured left fifth metacarpal. Rodriguez, who bats and throws right-handed like Hill, missed 40 days total.