Nolan Arenado came out of Wednesday's game, reluctantly, after being hit by a pitch from Cubs' lefthander Cole Hamels. He, however, was back in the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Padres, the left forearm a bit tender, which is why he was wearing padding, but nothing he can't play through.
"I talked to him during the course (of Wednesday's) game and he felt he was going to be okay," said Rockies manager Bud Black. "Keith (Dugger, Rockies trainer) felt the same way."
Black said x-rays taken after Wednesday's game were negative.
"He's going to be sore, but he's going to be okay," said Black.
Arenado agreed with that assessment.
"I (feel) fine, just a little stiff," said Arenado. "I got treatment on it. It's going to be stiff for awhile, a little bruised. It's something I have to play through."
Arenado said he is confident he will be fine for the four-game series with the Padres.
"We have a day off Monday," he said. "I should be fine the next four games and then take the day off. ... We all play through things in general. I wish I didn't get hit. I wish I would feel great all the time, but it's not reaslitic in baseball."
Arenado's ability to remain in the lineup is key for the Rockies.
He is the foundation of the Rockies offensive success.
Arenado went into Thursday's game second on the team with a .330 average, two points behind David Dahl, but leading the team with a .602 slugging percentage, and .385 on-base percentage. He also led the team with 57 RBI and 17 home runs, 13 RBI and two home runs more than shortstop Trevor Story, who is second on the team in both categories.
In addition to Arenado staying in the lineup, Black wrote left-handed reliever Mike Dunn's name on the lineup card. Dunn was activated from the injured list. Dunn spent the minimum 10 days on the injured list with a inflammed left AC joint.
To make room for Dunn on the active roster, left-hander Phillip Diehl was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque after making his first two big-league appearances on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Cubs. He gave up four runs on four hits, incluidng a home run, a hit batter and a walk in two innings.