May 22, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) is checked out by manager Walt Weiss (center) and trainer Keith Dugger (right) after being hit by a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Rockies say Nolan Arenado will not need surgery

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The Colorado Rockies suffered one of the biggest blows to their season when Nolan Arenado broke his finger on May 23rd. The Gold Glove third baseman suffered the injury sliding headfirst into a base, having to leave the game immediately afterwards.

The team announced the good news on Friday, citing that Arenado will not need the kind of surgery that pitcher Brett Anderson needed to repair his finger. That surgery would have required pins to be inserted into the finger of the 23-year old, which would have likely put him out much longer than anticipated. As it stands, Arenado is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as the finger heals. Thomas Harding of MLB.com says that Arenado will get another X-Ray in two weeks to determine the course of rehabilitation.

As it was revealed on Wednesday, Nolan Arenado leads all third basemen in the early All-Star game fan voting. The next nearest as of right now is Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez. With the recovery process, it looks highly unlikely that Arenado would be eligible to start the 2014 Mid-Summer Classic that will be held at Target Field in Minnesota.

Arenado was in headlines earlier this year for carrying a 28-game hitting streak through the beginning of the season. For the year, Arenado has played in 49 games and was hitting .333/.489/.823 with six homers and 28 RBI whilst playing a sterling third base defensively. If the Rockies are still competitive in the Wild Card race in July, Arenado’s return would provide a tremendous boost to the team.

The Rockies currently sit in second in the NL West, 7.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

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