Hot-hitting Drury escapes HBP with bruised elbow

Long shot for D-backs' roster homers off Giants' Bumgarner

Hot-hitting Drury escapes HBP with bruised elbow

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs Minor League infielder Brandon Drury gave the ball a ride early in Tuesday afternoon's 10-0 victory over the Giants and gave the coaching staff a scare late.

Drury homered in the second off Madison Bumgarner and was forced to leave the game in the seventh after he was hit in the left elbow with a Cody Hall pitch.

While it looked like he was seriously injured, it turned out to just be a bruise.

"It just got me on the elbow," Drury said. "I'm good. My arm just kind of went numb and it hurt, but I'm good now."

Drury continued his red-hot spring with a homer off Bumgarner, whom he watched dominate the Royals in last year's World Series.

"That's cool," Drury said of getting to face Bumgarner. "That's a guy you watch on TV and then to be facing him is pretty cool. He threw me a couple of fastballs. I was just looking middle away and he left one over the plate."

After going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Drury is now hitting .435 with three homers this spring.

"To feel like I belong here at this level feels good," he said. "Obviously I have a lot of work to do and things to work on, on both sides of the ball. But I do feel good to come here and play with the big league guys and work with them and try to learn from them every day."

Drury is still very much a long shot to make the Opening Day roster, but Arizona manager Chip Hale said after the game that Drury's play will make the roster decisions "difficult."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.