Arenado day to day with chest contusion

Arenado day to day with chest contusion

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Sunday afternoon's 4-1 loss to the Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth with a contusion on the right side of his chest, an injury that originally occurred earlier in the road trip.

Arenado is listed as day to day and believes the injury is not serious. Sunday's pain came in the second inning, when he dove for Yadier Molina's single between short and third.

"In New York, I dove for a ball, and since then it hurts to throw and extend, and it hurts when I hit and try to drive the top hand down," Arenado said. "When I went into today's game, I didn't feel very good. Then I dove for that ball and it hurt a little bit.

"I think I bruised my ribs a little bit. If I'm still hurting tomorrow I'll have an X-ray to see where we are. I don't think it's that bad. I'll be fine. It's just a matter of rest."

A candidate to win his second Rawlings Gold Glove Award, Arenado went 0-for-2 Sunday and is batting .287 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs this season.

Rafael Ynoa replaced Arenado.

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