TORONTO -- For a moment, as he recoiled in pain on the artificial surface at Rogers Centre, Dan Haren was worried that he'd broken his left arm.
It turned out to be a left wrist contusion, a Fluroscan taken by a Blue Jays team physician showing no structural damage. Haren and the Angels, having beaten Toronto, 7-2, on Wednesday to remain visible in the postseason picture, breathed heavy sighs of relief.
A line drive off the bat of the Blue Jays' Eric Thames on his final pitch of the night caught Haren flush on the wrist. The pitcher never saw it off the bat, calling it "a blur," but when he later reconstructed the moment, he realized how he fortunate he'd been that the ball struck flesh, not bone.
"It definitely hurt," Haren said. "When I first got hit, there was a pretty good deal of pain. The initial reaction is you're scared you broke something. After a few seconds, the feeling came back in the hand and I could tell I was going to be all right."
Haren, who matched his career high with his 16th win, is expected to recover in time to make his next start on Monday night against Texas at Angel Stadium.
"He's a little sore," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, it looks like just a bad bruise. We'll have him evaluated [Thursday]. It's on his glove hand. He can hopefully nurse it through, get some treatment and hopefully be ready to make his next start."
When it happened, Haren instantly doubled over in pain, making it difficult to see where the ball had struck him.
"You don't know if it's on the pitching arm, hit his rib, what happened," Scioscia said. "It came off like a rocket. He went down hard. Fortunately, right now it looks like it's going to be a bruise, and he'll be ready to go Monday."
Haren snapped a five-game road losing streak with his first win away from Angel Stadium since July 30 in Detroit. At 16-9, he matches his season high set with the D-backs in 2008. As consistent and as durable as they come, Haren has gone seven or more innings in 19 of his 33 starts.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.