Tribe’s Donald bruised, but not broken


Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz.

Jason Donald’s left hand was swollen, wrapped and hurting Cleveland’s third baseman.

He wasn’t complaining.

It wasn’t broken, and that’s all that mattered.

Donald came away with only “a really bad bruise” after he was struck by an inside fastball that got away from Chicago starter Gavin Floyd in the first inning Saturday as a split squad of Indians beat the White Sox 8-3.

X-rays taken on Donald’s hand were negative, a huge relief for the 26-year-old and the Indians, who are hoping he can bring some stability to what has been a troublesome position in recent years.

“It got me pretty good,” Donald said. “It was scary, really scary, because any time you get hit in the hand, you have so many little bones in there, you never know.”

Floyd’s pitch split the skin on the back of Donald’s hand, and as he jogged toward first base, he noticed it was bleeding. Trainer Lonnie Soloff came out and checked on Donald, who remained in the game for another inning before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.

The easygoing Donald walked past reporters interviewing starter David Huff without saying a word, his face etched in deep concern. But following the game, Donald was able to relax and count his blessings that things weren’t worse.

“I’m taking home supplies,” he said, clutching a plastic bag filled with gauze, tape and pain relievers. “It’s a day-to-day deal. I don’t want to take any time off. I can’t stand sitting around, but I’m going to be smart with it. We got three weeks. It’s important to get healthy first.

“If I can grip a bat tomorrow and feel fine and swing, I’ll be back out there, ready to go.”

Mariners 7, Indians (ss) 2

PEORIA, Ariz.

Jeanmar Gomez allowed four runs on four hits in 21/3 innings in his first start for Cleveland. He is a candidate for the back end of the Indians’ rotation.

Shelley Duncan, a key Indians backup who missed six spring games while dealing with a back injury, debuted at first base and went 1 for 3.

PIRATES 4, PHILLIES 3

CLEARWATER, Fla.

Lyle Overbay had three hits for the Pirates, including a double, and scored twice. Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm gave up one run in three innings.

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