Rojas day to day with left hand bruise after HBP

97-mph Gausman fastball also redirects off right cheek

June 16th, 2018

BALTIMORE -- Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas exited Friday night's 2-0 win over the Orioles after being hit in the left hand and then right cheek by a 97-mph fastball in the sixth inning.

The Marlins announced later in the game that Rojas has a hand contusion and is day to day. Manager Don Mattingly said X-rays were negative, and the team will evaluate Rojas' hand again on Saturday.

Rojas, who missed more than two months with a fractured right thumb last season, also expressed optimism.

"I can move my hand normal," Rojas said." Last year when I had the broken bone [in my hand], I couldn't do that. I feel blessed that it wasn't anything worse."

Rojas tried to turn away from the 0-2 offering from Orioles starter . Instead, it caught his hand as he gripped the bat, then redirected toward his face.

Normally a shortstop, Rojas has been filling in at third base for , who has been out with a strained left hamstring since May 26. pinch-ran for Rojas and took over at third.