Billy Hamilton sprains left knuckles

Updated: May 2, 2014, 12:12 AM ET
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CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton sprained knuckles on his left hand while making a diving catch to open the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. He's expected to be sidelined a few games.

Carlos Gomez lined Homer Bailey's first pitch hard toward the gap in right-center field. Hamilton stretched all-out for the diving catch, landing hard on his left side. He grimaced and flexed his left hand and wrist as he got up.

Hamilton was congratulated by teammates when he got to the dugout in the middle of the inning. Chris Heisey pinch hit for him to lead off the bottom of the inning.

Hamilton hurt the middle finger on his left hand while sliding into base during the opening week of the season and missed two games.

"Unfortunately, it's the same hand that he hurt in New York," manager Bryan Price said after the Reds' 8-3 win. "We're optimistic that he'll only miss a day or two, but we won't know for a day or two."

Hamilton is batting .245 with 11 steals. He has been caught five times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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