GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians third baseman Jason Donald could not help but think the worst. His hand was throbbing and bleeding after being struck by a fastball from Gavin Floyd in the second inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the White Sox.
"It got me pretty good," Donald said. "It was scary. It really was scary, because any time you get hit in the hand, you have so many little bones in there, you never know."
Donald exited the game in the third inning and immediately left Goodyear Ballpark to have X-rays performed on his swollen hand. The results came back negative for any broken bones, allowing the third baseman to let out a sigh of relief.
Right now, Donald is considered day-to-day and the Indians will likely instruct him to take a few games off to rest his hand. If it were up to Donald, though, he would be back in a batting cage on Sunday morning.
"It's important to get right and get healthy first," Donald said. "But I mean, if I can grip a bat tomorrow and swing and feel fine, then I'll be back out there ready to go."
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In the second inning, Donald took a fastball off his hand, but remained in the game after meeting briefly at first base with Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff. Donald then manned third base for the top of the third inning before being replaced in the home half by pinch-hitter Juan Diaz.
Back at the team's player development complex, Donald had his hand wrapped and was holding a bag filled with medical supplies to take home. He noted that Cleveland's medical staff told him to ice the hand and keep it elevated Saturday evening.
"I don't want to take any time off," Donald said. "I don't like sitting around. I can't stand it. At the same time, Lonnie is going to do what he can, and the training staff, myself included. I'll be smart with it."
As things currently stand, Donald appears to be the front-runner to open the season as Cleveland's starting third baseman. Behind him on the depth chart are Jack Hannahan, Luis Valbuena, Jared Goedert and Jayson Nix. The Indians also have a highly-touted third-base prospect in Lonnie Chisenhall, but he projects to begin the year with Triple-A Columbus.
Last season, Donald hit .253 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 88 games for the Tribe, splitting his time between second base and shortstop. He was acquired by Cleveland as part of the July 2009 trade that originally sent ace left-hander Cliff Lee to the Phillies.
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