Phillies’ Franco Hit on Wrist; X-Rays Negative

Not broken, but Phillies phenom says: "I mean, it's pretty sore."
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco lies on the field after being hit by a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field on August 11th.

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco lies on the field after being hit by a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field on August 11th.

One of the few bright spots in this Phillies season has been the emergence of Maikel Franco at third base. In a year devoted to building the future, Franco has emerged as one of the likely building blocks.

So when this happened Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks…

…well, you can imagine a cold shiver went down the spines of Phillies fans everywhere.

Luckily, it’s not broken. Phillies.com reports x-rays came back negative — Franco will miss some time, but nobody’s sure how much.

“I mean, it’s pretty sore,” he told MLB.com’s Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki. “It’s pretty bad, in the beginning when the ball hit me, I was just worried — the only thing I was thinking about was that something bad was going to happen. I have to come in [Wednesday] and we’ll see if I’m feeling better. I don’t know how long it will take.”

So: Not nearly as bad as it could’ve been. In a season like this, that’s cause for rejoicing.