White Sox, Andrew Vaughn relieved as X-rays on hand negative

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Andrew Vaughn 'sore,' but relieved after X-rays negative originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox avoided more bad injury news after X-rays on Andrew Vaughn’s right hand came back negative.

“Big sigh [of relief],” manager Tony La Russa said Saturday. “Any time it is in that area, anything up here (around the head), it always scares all of us.”

Vaughn took a fastball off the right hand in the ninth inning of Friday’s loss to the Angels. He stayed in the game but his hand swelled up and grew more sore overnight, he said.

Vaughn is out of the starting lineup Saturday.

“It's pretty sore,” Vaughn said. “Definitely not doing too great. You take 95 [mph] to the hand, it never feels good. Glad nothing's broken. I’ll be back soon as possible.”

Vaughn got X-rays after Friday’s game and was concerned the injury was worse.

“I've seen a lot of guys take 95 to the hand, and it doesn't end really well,” he said. I guess I got pretty lucky.

“I was just sitting there and praying it wasn’t broken,” he added.

La Russa said the Sox hope Vaughn’s hand is OK by Sunday. The 24-year-old has been one of the team's top hitters in the month of April, batting .283/.367/.566 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 16 games.

He went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs Wednesday to help the White Sox snap an eight-game losing streak.

The Sox are already without Eloy Jiménez (surgery for torn hamstring tendon) and Yoán Moncada (oblique), although Moncada began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

“I asked to see if I could hit [Saturday] one-handed, but we'll just have to see and just play it by ear,” Vaughn joked.

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