Arenado leaves game with chest contusion

Arenado leaves game with chest contusion

SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado left the Rockies' 6-4 win over the Padres in the eighth inning with a chest contusion, but X-rays taken after the game came back negative.

Arenado injured himself after attempting to make a diving play into the stands while going for a foul ball with bases loaded, which would have ended the inning. Arenado couldn't make the catch, as the ball graced his glove and he landed hard into the stands.

Despite being in pain from the fall, Arenado was light-hearted when talking about the play after the game.

"I thought if I dove I would have landed on some people," Arenado joked. "It would have cushioned my fall."

Arenado said he thought he may have fallen on the armrest of an empty seat that he hit hard, causing him pain.

Looking back on the play Arenado was upset he didn't make the catch, stating that it was right on his glove and that if he jumped a little further he would have been able to make the play.

Arenado falls down

"When I watched the replay I actually got upset, Arenado said. "And then I was in pain."

Arenado said he hopes to feel good for Tuesday's game and expects to be in the lineup.

Carlos Gonzalez took his spot in the batting order and Rafael Ynoa took over duties at third base.

In his last at-bat of the game, Arenado had to dodge a pitch towards his head from Kevin Quackenbush, taking an awkward swing in the process for strike two. Arenado would eventually strike out and have a few words with the umpire in frustration.

"It was hurting and it kind of got tight a little bit and every time I threw it kind of hurt. And that last at-bat it was feeling sore," Arenado said.

"Anytime a guy goes into the seats you are a little nervous, but Nolan -- we have seen him pull off the impossible and he almost did it again," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He came close to catching that and it was well into the seats."

Arenado said it was just instinct to dive into the stands.

"I feel like I have a chance to make a play and go for it," Arenado said. "I am not thinking about myself, I am just thinking about making that play and hopefully we get the out."

Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.