WASHINGTON - Tommy Hunter said he won’t undergo a second X-ray on his right hand. There’s minimal swelling and bruising, and he expects to be available on Tuesday.
Hunter probably will play catch today.
“It’s fine,” he said. “Feels like it got hit by a ball, but other than that, it’ll be all right. Kind of like taking one off the shin, I guess. it’s not that bad at all. It’s going to be. Got me in the meat of it. But it’ll be all right, hopefully. Maybe I’ll get a day off today. We’ll see. I’ll go play catch maybe.”
Asked about getting a second X-ray or an MRI, Hunter replied, “I don’t think we need to. That first initial scan didn’t show anything. It’ll be all right. Hitters take foul balls off their ankles all the time and they’ve got to play the next day and run on it. Definitely didn’t feel good.
“I think the numbness is what got me. When your hand goes completely numb, that’s usually not a good sign. Just lucky, I guess. That’s all I can say.”
For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Steve Pearce LF
Yamaico Navarro 2B
Jason Hammel RHP
For the Nationals
Jones has homered in four straight games, the longest stretch of his career and tied for the longest streak by an Oriole this year. Davis also homered in four straight April 2-5 at Tampa Bay and against Minnesota.
Jones has homered in five straight games at Rogers Centre in Toronto dating back to last season. According to Elias, Jones is the first player in franchise history to homer in five straight games as a visiting player at any ballpark.
The Blue Jays issued three intentional walks to Davis yesterday. The only other player in the majors to be intentionally walked three times in a game this season is the Angels’ Albert Pujols by the Rangers.
In Orioles history, only two other players have been issued three free passes in a game: Rafael Palmeiro against the Phillies on July 2, 2004 (16-inning game) and Andy Etchebarren in 1969.
Etchebarren? Guess the pitcher was batting next.
Machado has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 road games, batting .412 (35-for-85) with three homers, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He’s hit in eight of his last nine road games, going 20-for-45 (.444) with six doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and eight runs scored.
Machado has the most hits on the road in the majors (45). Jones is third in the AL with 40.
Machado played his 100th major league game on Saturday. He batted .296/.327/.481 with 120 hits, 29 doubles, 12 home runs, 54 RBIs and 58 runs scored in those games.
Brooks Robinson played his 100th game on May 23, 1958 and hit .253/.304/.379 with 72 hits, 15 doubles, five home runs, 26 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Cal Ripken Jr. played his 100th game on July 8, 1982 and batted .250/.289/.432 with 81 hits, 18 doubles, 11 home runs, 46 RBIs and 37 runs scored.
The Orioles have scored at least five runs in each of their last nine road games, their longest streak since July 19-Aug. 8, 1998, when they had five or more runs in nine straight road contests, according to STATS.
Markakis has hit safely in 11 straight games, batting .383 (18-for-47) with nine RBIs. Hardy has hit in 19 of his last 21 games, batting .306 (26-for-85) with six home runs and 16 RBIs.
Nats left-hander Ross Detwiler went on the disabled list, and another southpaw, Zach Dukes, is expected to make Tuesday’s start.
Miguel Gonzalez is celebrating his 29th birthday today.