Manager Walt Weiss pulled him three batters later after he surrendered a two-run homer and two walks to the next three batters.
But the right-hander is healing faster than expected and said the swelling has gone down, making it much more likely he will make his next start against the Padres on Saturday.
"To be honest with you, I thought he'd probably miss a start, because when I watched the replay, it wasn't a glancing blow, he got smoked," Weiss said.
"So yeah, I'm a little surprised that it looks like he's got a chance to make his next start."
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.