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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.