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Johnson day-to-day as X-rays negative on hand

DENVER -- D-backs third baseman Chris Johnson was forced to leave Sunday's game in the second inning after being hit in the left hand by a pitch from Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis.

Johnson has been swinging a hot bat for the D-backs, hitting .407 in his last 60 plate appearances.

D-backs head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw came out to examine Johnson before walking back to the dugout with him.

X-rays taken of Johnson's hand were negative and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Johnson's availability is day-to-day.

Ryan Wheeler pinch-ran for Johnson and took over at third base.

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DEN Full Game Coverage VER -- D-backs third baseman Chris Johnson was forced to leave Sunday's game in the second inning after being hit in the left hand by a pitch from Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis.

Johnson has been swinging a hot bat for the D-backs, hitting .407 in his last 60 plate appearances.

D-backs head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw came out to examine Johnson before walking back to the dugout with him.

X-rays taken of Johnson's hand were negative and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Johnson's availability is day-to-day.

Ryan Wheeler pinch-ran for Johnson and took over at third base.

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