At first, everyone thought Chad Tracy had broken his hand. Tracy had leaned into a 94-mph cutter by Dodgers reliever Kanley Jansen in the ninth inning. He grabbed his right wrist and knelt to the turf. Tracy had been hit in his the circular bone underneath the pink, where hand meets wrist. He thought it was broken. So did Manager Davey Johnson. So did athletic trainer Lee Kuntz.
But the pain went away more quickly than he expected. The best news arrived after Tracy underwent an x-ray. His hand was not broken, only bruised. He wore a wrap around his wrist, not a cast, and he felt relief.
“Heck, yeah,” Tracy said. “I’ve really never been hit in the hand. He had a nice cutter. I couldn’t pick it up until late. Initially, when it first hit me, I thought it was broke. It’s good that it’s not. I feel I’ll be fine.”
Tracy lost feeling in his pink at first. After he left the game, starting pitcher Edwin Jackson pinch ran for him. But Tracy escaped the disabled list and did not, as he initially feared, break any bones.
“That’s why you drink your milk,” Tracy said.