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09/25/10 11:17 PM ET

Lindsey's season over after fracturing hand

Rookie hit by Hudson fastball in seventh inning Saturday

PHOENIX -- Dodgers rookie John Lindsey, who finally saw Major League service time this month after 16 years in the Minor Leagues, suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a pitch Saturday night. His season is done.

Lindsey, 33, suffered a clean break of the fourth metacarpal when he was struck on the top of the left hand by Daniel Hudson's 92-mph fastball in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 5-2 loss to the D-backs.

X-rays revealed the break, but trainer Stan Conte said a hand specialist will be consulted Sunday to determine if Lindsey needs a pin surgically inserted to assure proper healing.

Lindsey's hand was placed in a soft splint and Conte said the hand should heal in plenty of time for Lindsey to be ready for Spring Training.

In typical Lindsey fashion, he greeted reporters with a smile to talk about the injury. He said he didn't realize the hand was broken when it happened. He remained in the game and took first base in the top of the seventh inning, but did not come out to his first-base defensive position for the bottom of the inning.

"Let me go back out and play," he told the staff. "But I looked and saw it swelled up quick."

Lindsey wasn't feeling sorry for himself.

"I still have my faith," he said. "God has a special plan for me, leave it right there. The comeback will make for a better story. It's all good."

Lindsey said it was only the second time in his career that he had been hit on the hand by a pitch -- he escaped injury in 2007.

"It's very sad, as long as he waited for the opportunity, to have to swallow this pill," said manager Joe Torre.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.