SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand left Tuesday's exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs with a bruise on his right shin after being hit by a Rich Hill fastball during the third inning. Rowand's playing status is day-to-day. He obviously didn't consider the injury serious, showing off his bruise to reporters and playfully calling it a "shinburger." Said Rowand, "My left leg got out of the way quick enough. My right leg didn't."More
Rowand went down and lay prone in obvious pain after being struck. After manager Bruce Bochy and athletic trainer Dave Groeschner rushed to check on him, Rowand hobbled a few steps before being led to the clubhouse. Hill expressed sincere concern for Rowand. "You don't want to see anything like that, especially now in Spring Training," Hill said. "Those things happen. That's not what I wanted to have happen. I don't want anybody to get hurt out there." Rowand, the Giants' primary offseason acquisition who signed a five-year, $60 million contract, lifted his Cactus League average to .321 with a first-inning single.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less