ATLANTA -- Infielder Chase d'Arnaud will be limited to pinch hitting or pinch running duties on Tuesday as he continues to nurse a chipped fracture in his right pinky finger. The injury is not expected to lead to any time on the disabled list for d'Arnaud, who is now relegated to back-up duty after Monday's arrival of Pedro Alvarez.
d'Arnaud said he hurt his finger in the middle of Sunday's game, though he was able to finish out the 10-inning affair, which was capped by his own game-winning sacrifice fly. Swelling became the issue on Monday as it particularly affected d'Arnaud's ability to throw. Throwing was still somewhat of an issue on Tuesday, though d'Arnaud was able to take swings without much pain.
"It was tremendously better today," d'Arnaud said. "I took some hacks in the cage and felt OK. I imagine tomorrow it should be almost pain free. If it was on my left pinky, it would be easier to handle, but it's on my throwing hand."
Manager Clint Hurdle said, too, that he is optimistic that d'Arnaud could be cleared to play the field as early as Wednesday.