DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado passed concussion tests after hitting his forehead on the infield dirt while making a diving attempt during the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 6-3 loss to the Pirates at Coors Field.
Arenado, a candidate for the Esurance The Best Everyday Player, Defensive Player and Breakout Player awards as well as a candidate for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, was shaken up diving for Jordy Mercer's sharp one-hopper. He couldn't reel in the ball as it hit him in his left wrist, and he slammed into the ground hard.
The Rockies pulled Arenado from the game. Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger checked Arenado in the clubhouse postgame and said he did not appear to have a concussion, but Arenado will be checked again Wednesday.
"He'll be fine," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He hit his head pretty hard on the ground. At that point, there was no sense keeping him out there."
The play occurred a batter after first baseman Wilin Rosario dropped a relay throw that would have completed an inning-ending double play.