Goldy takes BP, but won't play in season finale

D-backs first baseman plans to hit in cage before Sunday's game against Cardinals

Goldy takes BP, but won't play in season finale

PHOENIX -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took batting practice with his teammates on Saturday for the first time since sustaining a fractured hand on Aug. 1.

Goldschmidt hit off a tee this past week and then he took flips in the cage on Friday.

"It felt fine," Goldschmidt said. "I'm not too worried about the swing, mechanically or anything like that. I mean you don't want to hit bad, but that's not the focus. There was no pain and it felt good."

Regardless of how he feels, though, Goldschmidt will not play in Sunday's season finale against the Cardinals, that much is for sure.

Goldy on his hand injury

"It would be better than not doing it," Goldschmidt said of whether taking batting practice was a big deal. "But I would be more excited if we had a month left in the season and I knew a week from now, I was going to hopefully be back in games or whatever the timeframe would be."

With the D-backs not expected to hit on the field prior to Sunday's finale, Goldschmidt said he will likely take batting practice in the cage and then not hit again until after Thanksgiving.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.