CLEVELAND -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado learned from a noted hand specialist that he will not need surgery to repair his broken left middle finger. Arenado will get another X-ray in two weeks to monitor the healing and determine the rehab.
The examination by noted Cleveland hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Thursday showed that the fractured bone was in line enough that it is not necessary to place pins in it -- the operation that left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson underwent on his left index finger in April.
"He made me feel better about what's going on," Arenado said. "Obviously, I've still got to take my time. I wish I could get back a lot sooner, but I've got time to make sure the bone heals and make sure I'm 100 percent when I come back. But everything is lined up well. The bone is broken but the ligaments and tendons are lined up well."
Arenado had a 28-game hit streak at one point this year, is coming off winning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award last season as a rookie, and this week it was revealed that he was the leading National League third baseman in votes for the All-Star Game, although the reasonable time frame of six weeks before he's playing baseball means it's unlikely he could play in the July 15 Midsummer Classic at Minneapolis.
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez also saw Dr. Graham about his left index finger, which has swelled to the point that he's missed games on a couple of occasions. There is major damage, but there is also no medical solution to the issue.