Howard's hand injury not serious

"I don't think it's that serious," Ryan Howard said about his hand injury. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

A minor hullabaloo stirred during Wednesday's game when TV cameras showed Ryan Howard shaking his right hand and grimacing in pain following a sixth-inning swing.

No worries, Howard said later.

"I don't think it's that serious," he said.

Evidence suggests that. Howard did not stick around long after the game for medical treatment. The hand was not bandaged. His attitude was positive.

He described it as a "strange discomfort" after flying out to left in the sixth. He said it lingered in his last at-bat, when he singled to right, and there could be further tests Thursday if it still feels weird. But he does not believe an MRI or anything extensive is necessary.

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