Barmes to undergo X-rays

Astros shortstop Clint Barmes will undergo an X-ray on his left hand Saturday morning after being forced to leave Friday’s game against the Yankees when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Yankees starter Ivan Nova.

Barmes’ hand was bruised and he had it heavily taped in the clubhouse after he left the game, but he was encouraged after doing some range-of-motion tests. He said the ball hit him square on the outside of the hand.

“It’s sore but very promising at this point,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I tried to get out of the way and backing off a little late, I didn’t really have time to turn in on it, and that’s what I’d normally do on a fastball in like that. Just by backing up, it got my hand.”

Barmes was forced to miss the last three weeks of the 2002 season at Double-A Carolina after he fractured his left hand when he was hit by a pitch. Barmes said he had a boxer’s fracture, which is a break of the bones that form the knuckles.

“There’s always been a little bit of a bump where it hit me, and it hit me in the exact same spot,” he said. “I’m hoping that it’s a little stronger there and obviously that it’s not broken, and if it’s not broken then we should be good. It’s just real sore right now.”

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