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Baker bruises left hand

Ronny Paulino was slated to start the second game of the double-header anyway.

Paulino entered in Game 1 in the seventh inning, replacing John Baker, who was lifted with a left-hand contusion.

Baker was shaken up in the fourth inning.

On a wild pitch after striking out in the fourth, Baker was accidentally swatted in the face by Ryan Howard’s glove. His left hand went up to protect his face, and he suffered the bruise.

An X-ray came back negative, and the catcher is listed as day-to-day.

Baker reached when Joe Blanton’s strike three was not handled by Phillies catcher Paul Bako.

About the time Baker was reaching first base, Howard extended to catch Bako’s throw, and his glove smacked Baker in the face. The ball, Baker said, struck him on the left hand. 

Baker was tended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak and manager Fredi Gonzalez, but he remained in the game for a couple of more innings.

Baker said he feels he can play on Wednesday, however, with the Phillies going with lefty Cole Hamels, Paulino is slated to start.

— Joe Frisaro



Coghlan saved by wrist pad

Saved by the wrist pad.

Along with wearing batting gloves, Marlins rookie Chris Coghlan also dons wrist padding when he comes to the plate.

It came in handy on Wednesday night.

In the second inning of the Marlins’ 6-3 win over the Mets, Coghlan was plunk on the left wrist by a Pat Misch fastball. Immediately he fell to the ground in pain, but quickly gathered himself and headed to first base.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to the Rookie of the Year candidate, who convinced them he was well enough to continue playing.

“My whole hand went numb,” Coghlan said. “I thought I’d broken it. Then the shock wore off, and it felt fine.”

Coghlan credits the padding on his wrist from saving him from a serious injury.

“It hit on this wrist band, and then it hit on top of my batting glove too,” Coghlan said. “It saved me a bunch.”

What would have happened had Coghlan not had his wrist covered?

“It would have been bad,” he said. “It’s like a wrist brace, to give your wrist support, and not be protective by hit by pitches.”

— Joe Frisaro


VandenHurk's stiff back

Marlins right-hander Rick VandenHurk’s start lasted four innings on Tuesday night at Citi Field. He was lifted due to back stiffness and he’s listed as day to day.

With two outs in the third inning, the 24-year-old favored his right side after throwing a pitch to New York’s Anderson Hernandez. Manager Fredi Gonzalez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak headed to the mound to check on VandenHurk. He threw a warmup pitch and remained in the game, striking Hernandez out to end the inning.

But in the fifth inning, Burke Badenhop replaced VandenHurk, who gave up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He didn’t qualify for the win because he didn’t throw the necessary five innings.

VandenHurk’s fastball velocity in the fourth inning was about 88-89 mph, after it was 91-92 in the first inning. He also reached 94 mph in the first.

If VandenHurk can’t make his next scheduled start, on Sunday against the Nationals in Miami, a possibility to replace him is Chris Volstad.

— Joe Frisaro