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Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie get good news on their wrists

Brandon Belt

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt reacts to being hit on the hand by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals’ Trever Miller in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)


Top prospects for two teams -- the Giants’ Brandon Belt and the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie -- each had scares yesterday as they were each hit by pitches on the left wrist. Each of them also received good news: in both cases no bones were broken and the diagnosis was a mere bruise.

Lawrie’s little ordeal was more interesting inasmuch as it kind of unfolded in real time. Reader Rob Browne emailed me about his HBP right as it happened in the Las Vegas-Tucson game, I tweeted it and then the Internet went kind of wacko for a while. Understandable given how much Jays’ fans are anticipating Lawrie’s arrival in Toronto, most likely at the end of the week. Lawrie was rather anxious too, tweeting the following:

At hospital , pls be bruised .. #praying

And then:

Just a BRUISE !!! #yaaaaabudddddy

Belt’s news came in more traditional fashion, with Andrew Baggarly tweeting it.

Both guys will probably get a day or two off after which they can continue to serve as the repository for their respective fan bases’ hopes and dreams.