ATLANTA — Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday night’s game against the Braves after fracturing his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base.
Arenado led off the second inning with a double to left field. Arenado’s slide beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The play stood following a review that lasted 3 minutes, 48 seconds.
Arenado grabbed his hand following the slide but remained in the game to score from third on Jordan Pacheco’s ground out. Charlie Culberson replaced Arenado at third base in the bottom of the inning.
The loss of Arenado is a blow to a Rockies lineup that was missing outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for the second straight game with a swollen left index finger.
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The double left Arenado with a .305 batting average. He has six homers and 28 runs batted in. His 28-game hitting streak from April 9 to May 8 is the longest in the National League this season.
The Braves also had a switch at third base during the game. Ramiro Pena replaced Chis Johnson after Johnson’s strikeout to lead off the second. The Braves did not say why Johnson left the game.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he didn’t know details of the injury, including if Arenado will need surgery.
Arenado appears bound for the disabled list.
“He’ll miss some time,” Weiss said. “It’s tough news for our club. He’s off to a great start and a hell of a player.”
• Pittsburgh activated closer Jason Grilli off the disabled list and optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Class AAA Indianapolis.
Grilli hasn’t pitched since straining his left oblique in late April.
• Ryan Braun sat out Milwaukee’s win at Miami after a flare-up of the oblique strain that sent him to the disabled list earlier this season.
The Milwaukee slugger was available off the bench but didn’t play in Milwaukee’s 9-5 victory. Manager Ron Roenicke said he hoped Braun would be back in the lineup by Sunday.
Braun left Thursday’s game at Atlanta in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right side.
• A rainstorm postponed the Arizona Diamondbacks game at the New York Mets in the fourth inning after a delay of 2 hours, 11 minutes. The game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday.
• Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu expects to be ready to return from his ankle injury as soon as he’s eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Tops in the majors with 15 homers, the rookie from Cuba sees no “reason why” he won’t be able to play by then.
Abreu was placed on the DL because of tendinitis in his left ankle on Sunday.