Todd Coffey was sporting a large welt that including visible seams from the baseball that struck him near the right elbow during today's game, but the Nationals reliever appears to have avoided serious injury.
X-rays came back negative, and Coffey's status is day-to-day with a bruise.
"It just a little sore," he said. "I already did about three rounds of ice on it and treatment. The key now is just get the swelling down. The doctor looked at it, and nothing's broken, which is the main thing. Get the swelling out, and I'll be good to go."
The right-hander entered from the Nationals' bullpen -- with his usual sprint to the mound -- with two outs in the top of the seventh. Marlins second baseman Emilio Bonifacio crushed a line drive straight back up the middle, and Coffey couldn't get out of the way fast enough. The ball struck him just above his right elbow and caromed toward shortstop Alex Cora for an eventual infield single.
"The initial thought is: Get an out," he said. "Honest to god, I'm looking for the ball to see if I can get to it first. Then I saw it bounce over there, then I figure out where it actually hit me."
Coffey was escorted off the field by a trainer, holding him arm gingerly at his side. He said he's been struck by batted balls before, but never that close to his elbow.
As it turns out, he considered himself lucky. Had the ball struck him one inch lower, directly on the elbow, he believes it would have caused the bone to break.
"I'm going charge in the next time," Coffey said. "I'll be ready to go, hopefully in a day or two."