SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Rowand took a pitch off his left hand for the second day in a row Thursday, but once again, it won't be enough to keep him off the field.
The Giants center fielder worked a 2-2 count in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 2-1 win over Minnesota, then Twins right-hander Alex Burnett bounced a two-seam fastball off Rowand's left hand, a few inches away from the spot Rowand was hit the night before.
Rowand said he would be "a little sore" but otherwise felt fine. He had X-rays after Wednesday night's game, when he was hit by a Nick Blackburn two-seamer in the second inning and a brief injury delay followed, but they came back negative.
He told head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner late Wednesday night he would be fine, and he was back in the lineup for Thursday's game, finishing 2-for-3 while batting in the leadoff spot. He didn't undergo any tests to check on his hand after Thursday afternoon's game.