Hoes headed for X-rays after hit-by-pitch

Hoes headed for X-rays after hit-by-pitch

JUPITER, Fla. -- Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes had his right hand and wrist wrapped after being struck by pitch thrown by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's 1-1 tie at Roger Dean Stadium. The extent of the injury won't be known until Hoes undergoes X-rays.

"It hurts pretty bad," Hoes said. "It was a little two-seamer that ran up in there. I was in swing mode, trying to get a good pitch to hit and got a little overaggressive. It ran up on me and I didn't get out of the way."

Hoes said the pitch struck him on the bone atop the wrist, which began to swell immediately.

"We'll see how it goes the next couple of days," he said. "Hopefully it's not broken. It's part of the game and injuries happen and you have to deal with it for now and keep moving on. … I've always seen this happen to other people on TV and how bad it hurts, and now with experience it definitely hurts."

Hoes is battling with Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman for a backup outfield spot and is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster despite hitting .304 (7-for-23) this spring.

"For the most part, I'm just trying to get myself ready for the season," he said. "Supposedly, they're saying there's an outfield competition. We haven't looked at it that way. We've been pushing for each other and trying to make each other better.

"Our main goal is for the Astros to win a World Series. We push each other to get better, whether it's Jake [Marisnick], [George] Springer, [Evan] Gattis, [Colby] Rasmus. We're all teammates and at the end of the day it's about winning. One common goal."

Hoes, 25, split last season between the Astros and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He batted .172 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 55 games for the Astros and hit .297 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 35 games for the RedHawks.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.