Goldschmidt to wear protective pad on left hand

First baseman's 2014 season cut short by fracture

Goldschmidt to wear protective pad on left hand

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will wear a protective pad on his left hand after fracturing the hand last year.

"I have a pad. I'll probably put it underneath my batting glove or in my batting glove," Goldschmidt said. "Not that it's necessary, but it just seems silly, if it's non-invasive, to not wear it."

Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch on the left hand on Aug. 1 and missed the rest of the season.

Goldschmidt hit by pitch

"I was taking BP at the end of the season last year, so it was fully healed," he said. "I almost forgot that I broke it, so this was a completely normal offseason."

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