CINCINNATI — J.D. Martinez bruised his left hand while striking out Wednesday night, forcing him out of his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The right fielder was hit on the side of the left hand while swinging at a two-strike pitch from the Reds’ Tim Adleman in the fourth inning. Martinez’s hand was shaking as it was examined. Since the ball hit only his hand during the swing, the at-bat ended in a strikeout.
Martinez left for a defensive replacement in the bottom of the inning.
He is expected to miss the final game of the series on Thursday, but X-rays were negative and revealed no fracture that would have sidelined Martinez for a long time.
“We’re very thankful for that,” manager Torey Lovullo said.
The Diamondbacks sent three prospects to the Detroit Tigers for Martinez on Tuesday, hoping to add some power to the middle of their lineup. Lovullo said before the game on Wednesday that “it was an exciting moment” to write his name on the lineup card.
Martinez also struck out in his first at-bat, going after a pitch in the dirt.
The Reds won the game, 4-3 in 11 innings.