Lyles' follow-through left him with his back to the plate, and Pujols' drive caromed off Lyles and to second baseman DJ LeMahieu on a hop. LeMahieu threw Pujols out at first. Lyles looked at his hand after the ball struck him, then walked slowly and deliberately off the field after the play was made. By the time Lyles reached the dugout, his right hand was swelling considerably.
"I'm just going to try and get the swelling down, and I plan on making my next start," said Lyles. "I'm thankful it's not broken. That's the bright side."
Last season, Lyles fractured his left hand while covering the plate on a wild pitch June 4 against Arizona, and he missed 54 games before being reactivated on Aug. 6.
"I didn't have many positive thoughts walking to the dugout [Monday], because I was thinking of that time."
Right-hander Christian Bergman replaced Lyles to start the second inning, and he pitched 5 1/3 innings of very good relief, allowing one run on three hits.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.