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Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond breaks hand, opening day unlikely

By: The Associated Press
March 12, 2017 Updated: March 13, 2017 at 9:53 am
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Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond watches his two run home run against the Seattle Mariners during fourth inning at a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Colorado Rockies lost one of their biggest offseason acquisitions when Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch Sunday, breaking his left hand.

Desmond was plunked by Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis with a 93 mph fastball in the fourth inning of the Rockies' 9-8 loss in spring training. The team says the preliminary diagnosis on Desmond is a left hand fracture, and he will see a specialist Monday.

The Rockies signed Desmond to a $70 million, five-year contract over the winter to help balance out their lineup. Desmond broke into the majors as a shortstop and played in the outfield last year with Texas, but was transitioning to first base with Colorado.

The 31-year-old Desmond hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs last year in his lone season with the Rangers, earning his first All-Star trip since 2012. He also had 21 steals and scored a career-high 107 runs.

He broke into the majors in 2009 with Washington and is a .267 hitter with 132 homers and 518 RBIs in eight seasons.

Desmond is likely out for at least a month, based on similar injury patterns, the Denver Post reported. The Rockies open the season April 3 at Milwaukee.

The Rockies lost starting pitcher Chad Bettis after his cancer spread, along with starter Chris Rusin, who suffered an oblique strain. Outfielder David Dahl has a rib injury and relief pitcher Chad Qualls has an elbow injury.

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