Donald bruised, not broken, by Verlander heater

Donald bruised, not broken, by Verlander heater

CLEVELAND -- Jason Donald was struck by a Justin Verlander fastball and he lived to tell about it.

Donald departed in the seventh inning of Friday's 4-0 loss to Detroit after taking a heater to his right forearm. He suffered a bone bruise and X-rays came back negative for a fracture.

"It was painful," said Donald, who suffered a fractured left hand during Spring Training last year from a Gavin Floyd heater. "It's just a day-to-day thing, though."

The Indians will monitor Donald's progress throughout the weekend. He had his arm wrapped prior to Saturday's tilt with the Tigers.

"He's pretty sore," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's available to run and play defense, but nothing else."

To Donald's benefit, Verlander's fastball was only clocked at 95 mph. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player Award winner often flirts with triple digits on the radar gun.

"I got one from Verlander," Donald said. "And I survived."