X-rays negative after Bautista hit on hand

X-rays negative after Bautista hit on hand

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Bautista was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Daniel Bard on Sunday afternoon, but he avoided a serious injury.

Toronto's slugger went for X-rays, which came back negative.

Bautista was struck on the hand as he attempted to duck out of the way from an inside pitch during the sixth inning against Boston.

"I think we were fortunate to avoid something there," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He took the glancing pitch off his thumb and index finger on a pitch that just got away from Bard. Fortunately the X-rays were negative -- there's a little bit of swelling, but he should be fine."

Bautista is hitting .306 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 13 games this spring.