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MRI negative, Wolf eyes next start

August 3, 2010

CHICAGO — When Hunter Pence ripped a liner back up the middle off Randy Wolf in the seventh inning of the Brewers’ 5-2 loss on Sunday in Houston, the Milwaukee left-hander couldn’t get out of the way.

Since that ball struck Wolf’s left wrist, though, he’s dodged quite a bullet with his health.

An MRI scan of Wolf’s wrist confirmed what an X-ray revealed Sunday, that Wolf had no fractures despite being struck with the line drive.

“I don’t think there was anybody around that area at the time that didn’t think it was a broken wrist,” Wolf said. “But I got lucky. I dodged a bullet.

“I guess I was lucky it hit me on that big bone instead of all those little bones.”

Wolf was diagnosed with a bruise and was scheduled to be reevaluated by the Brewers’ medical staff Monday after playing catch before the game to determine how much time, if any, he will miss.

His next scheduled start would be Saturday, again against the Astros, but this time at Miller Park. In Wolf’s opinion, he’s not likely to miss that start.

“It feels normal,” he said. “In my mind, I’m planning on pitching on Saturday.”

Brewers manager Ken Macha, on the other hand, may take a more cautious approach.

“We’ll see what’s happening with him,” Macha said. “Because of the off-day on Thursday, he doesn’t necessarily have to be on Saturday. I think Tuesday would be the night we need five [starters] again.”

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