ATLANTA (AP) — Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday night's game against the Braves after fracturing his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base.
Arenado led off the second inning with a double to left field. Arenado's slide beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons' tag. The play stood following a review that lasted 3 minutes, 48 seconds.
Arenado grabbed his hand following the slide but remained in the game to score from third on Jordan Pacheco's groundout. Charlie Culberson replaced Arenado at third base in the bottom of the inning.
The loss of Arenado would be a blow to a Rockies lineup that was missing outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for the second straight game with a swollen left index finger.
The double left Arenado with a .305 batting average. He has six homers and 28 RBIs. His 28-game hitting streak from April 9 to May 8 is the longest in the National League this season.
The Braves also had a switch at third base during the game. Ramiro Pena replaced Chis Johnson after Johnson's strikeout to lead off the second. The Braves did not say why Johnson left the game.