Colome dodges a bullet: Just a bruise

Right-handed reliever Jesus Colome left his Brewers home debut on Tuesday night after he was struck on the pitching hand by a line drive, but x-rays revealed no broken bones.

Colome was diagnosed with a bruised pinkie finger, and he will be evaluated before the Brewers and Padres continue their series on Wednesday night.

“He got hit on the back of the hand, and they just think it’s a bruise,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Colome was in his second inning of work when Everth Cabrera’s RBI hit glanced off Colome’s right hand and deflected into center field for the Padres 20th hit of the game. Colome left the field immediately with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger.

The hard-throwing Colome was making his second appearance for the Brewers since a Friday promotion from Triple-A Nashville. He was replaced by another bullpen newcomer, David Weathers, who was acquired from Cincinnati on Saturday. Weathers also pitched for the Brewers from 1998-2001.

Colome was one of six Brewers pitchers employed by Macha in Milwaukee’s 13-6 loss, leaving only two completely fresh arms — Mike Burns, who is penciled-in to start on Saturday, and closer Trevor Hoffman — for Wednesday. But Claudio Vargas needed only three pitches to record an out in the sixth inning, and Todd Coffey threw only two pitches while recording the final out in the ninth.

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