Tomas hit by pitch in elbow, exits early

Tomas hit by pitch in elbow, exits early

PHOENIX -- D-backs right fielder Yasmany Tomas exited Friday night's game against the Padres with a left elbow contusion before the fourth inning after he was hit by a pitch in the first. X-rays were negative, the team announced.

Tomas was plunked by Padres starter James Shields with two outs and immediately reacted in pain before being looked at by trainers and D-backs manager Chip Hale.

Hale said after the game that he doesn't think it will require a trip to the disabled list, but rather just a day or two out of the lineup.

"He got pretty sore, there was a big, big old lump on there," Hale said. "It's just a bruise. He's got a lot of muscle there."  

The rookie remained in the game after being hit, taking first base. Then in the third, Tomas made a terrific diving catch to rob Yangervis Solarte of a lead-off hit, a play that Tomas said through his interpreter didn't aggravate the injury. 

Tomas' diving grab

Tomas felt discomfort after he struck out in the bottom of the third, prompting the D-backs to replace him with Danny Dorn in right to begin the fourth.

"I felt tingly a little bit right after that," Tomas said. "The only problem I have is when I try to tighten up the bat."  

Tomas has played outstanding as of late. He leads National League rookies with a .324 average and has exceeded expectations defensively both at third base and in the outfield.

Jake Rill is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.