Jeremy Peña returns to have his hand examined


ARLINGTON — Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña returned to Houston on Tuesday for further testing after an awkward left-hand drop in Monday’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers.

Athletic trainer Jeremiah Randall and manager Dusty Baker rated Peña after diving for Corey Seager’s sinking line in round three. Peña’s left hand appeared to roll under him on the dive.

It’s unclear what doctors are evaluating on Peña’s left hand. Baker said it was not Peña’s wrist, which was surgically repaired last season, but declined to elaborate on anything else. Baker said Rangers medical staff assessed Peña on Monday night.

“It didn’t get worse as the game went on,” Baker said Tuesday. “We just felt like (we) took every precaution to make sure everything was okay.”

Peña stayed in the game after the fall, made three more plate appearances, and looked no worse. Baker had no updates on Peña after the game, but reporters observed the shortstop in a golf cart with Randall in the bowels of Globe Life Field immediately after the game.

The Astros didn’t place Peña on the disabled list on Tuesday, meaning they were missing a man on their bench and bullpen after Héctor Neris was suspended. Aledmys Díaz started at shortstop on Tuesday without Peña. Houston has a day off scheduled for Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park.

“We’re hoping he’ll be okay in the next few days,” Baker said, “maybe by the time we get home.”


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