X-ray reveals no broken bones in Hoes' wrist

Outfielder competing with Presley, Grossman for spot on 25-man roster

X-ray reveals no broken bones in Hoes' wrist

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes was able to breathe a sigh of relief Sunday when an X-ray performed on his right wrist showed no broken bones. Hoes was hit on the wrist by a pitch Saturday, and he was held out of baseball drills Sunday.

"It was a good sign and we're really happy he avoided anything bigger than being sore after taking a 90-plus mph fastball off of it," manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's still sore for him, but I think we can have a sigh of relief we avoided the big one."

Hoes has the wrist in a protective brace for the time being.

"It's very sore," Hoes said. "I had a little bump on it, a little swelling this morning. The swelling went down a lot from last night. I'm just trying to get the soreness out. I've been icing it for the most part to try to get the swelling down."

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.

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.