Sitting in the manager's office in the visitors' clubhouse at Camelback Ranch shortly after the incident, Santana had an ice pack on the shoulder and didn't seem overly concerned about the blow to his pitching arm.
"We'll see tomorrow. There's a little pain, but we'll see," Santana said.
Scioscia said he hopes Santana doesn't have to miss his next start, but the club might give him a couple of extra days before his next outing if he needs it.
For now, Scioscia is just looking for Santana to get past the initial pain from the blow.
"It just looks like, right now, it's a bruise, but it's going to take a couple of days, that's for sure," Scioscia said.
While Nevala checked him out on the field, Santana raised both arms in the air before rubbing the shoulder a bit. He walked off the field, giving a slight wave of his glove hand to the crowd before heading down the left-field line toward the visiting clubhouse.
"I wanted to see how it was," Santana said. "Because it was a little warm I didn't really feel it, but now I'm feeling a little bit of pain."
Santana, the 29-year-old veteran who pitched a no-hitter last July 27, was making his second start of Cactus League play. He allowed one run in two innings of work his first time out and was charged with a run Wednesday after reliever Eddie McKiernan allowed a two-run homer to Tyler Flowers.
Santana did manage to record the first out of the inning, flipping the ball slightly sidearm to Albert Pujols at first base.
"I didn't want to throw it away. I wanted to make sure I got at least one out," Santana said.
The pitcher didn't know if he'd need X-rays on the arm, knocking on wood when discussing it, and said this was a first for him, being hit in his pitching arm by a liner.
"Not in the arm, but I've been hit before," Santana said.