MIAMI (AP) — Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado says he feared the worst when he took an 88-mph fastball on the left hand Sunday.

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(credit: Mark Brown/Getty Images)

X-rays were negative, and the injury was diagnosed as a bruise, which took a little sting out of the pitch.

“Whenever you get hit in the hand, it scares you,” said Arenado, the major league leader with 100 RBIs. “It hurt real bad. It got real tight. That was my concern — how tight it was getting. Luckily it’s not broken, but it hurts a little bit.”

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Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies is evaluated by team doctors after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning during the game Sunday between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park. (credit: Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Arenado was hit by a pitch from Vance Worley. Following the Rockies’ 5-3 loss , Arenado said his hand was swollen and stiff, but he hopes to be sidelined for only a couple of days and avoid a stint on the disabled list.

The All-Star third baseman has missed only three games this season and is batting .311.

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