There were a couple of scares for injury concerns involving top players on Wednesday as part of Major League Baseball's schedule. In one game, J.D. Martinez, who was making his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks after a trade, took a pitch to his hand. Another player, Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, also suffered a problem with his hand. In Bryant's case, he suffered his injury while he was on the base paths. However, neither injury appears to be serious. While both players will be monitored, each are expected back on the field soon.

Martinez bruised his hand

According to ESPN, writing late on Wednesday evening, Martinez "is expected to miss...Thursday, but X-rays were negative and revealed no fracture that would have sidelined Martinez for a long time." The Diamondbacks, after losing Martinez for the Wednesday game against the Cincinnati Reds, went on to lose in extra innings. The D'backs have generally struggled over the last two weeks, perhaps a big reason why they went out and acquired Martinez earlier this week in the first place. While they don't have much hope of catching Los Angeles, the Diamondbacks will need to play well to protect what is still a healthy lead in the Wild Card standings. Currently they sit as the No.

1 Wild Card team, but with about 90 games to go for teams there is plenty of time for that to change.

Bryant day-to-day with sprain

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs attempted to execute a head-first slide early on Wednesday when he hurt one of his fingers. The injury is not considered serious, noting Sports Illustrated's Dan Gartland on Wednesday: "Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant sprained his pinky during Wednesday's game against the Braves and is considered day-to-day." The Cubs would still go on to win the game.

Unlike the Diamondbacks, the Cubs have been playing well lately. They have cut into Milwaukee's lead in the NL Central division. Heading into Thursday the Cubs are now just 1.5 games back of the Brewers after following behind by 5.5 games earlier this month. Milwaukee has struggled since the All Star break while the Cubs remain undefeated since that point in the season.

On the injury front, the big news in the Major Leagues still involves the Houston Astros. They lost Carlos Correa earlier this month with an injury that will take him out long term. However, unlike Arizona and Chicago, even a 2-month injury to a key player isn't cause for too much concern when it comes to the standings. The Astros head into Thursday with a huge 15.5-game lead over 2nd-placed Seattle as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.