Chicago Cubs pitcher Tom Gorzelanny left his Wednesday start after being hit on the left hand by a Jose Tabata comebacker. Although initial tests regarding the extent of the injury were inconclusive, a CT scan late yesterday confirmed that there is a small fracture.

A CT scan Thursday of Cubs pitcher Tom Gorzelanny’s left hand revealed a small incomplete hairline fracture underneath the fingernail of his left pinky finger, which is stable. However, the left-hander will miss his next start.

Gorzelanny, who was scheduled to start next Tuesday, will be skipped at least one turn. The problem is the swelling on the palm of his left hand. His return will be reassessed in the coming days as the swelling subsides.

On the bright side, Gorzelanny’s absence will allow the Cubs to continue starting a youngster or two, even after Carlos Silva returns.