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WASHINGTON -- X-rays were negative of Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena's right little finger, injured when he slid into third base, and he was not expected to have to go on the disabled list.

Valbuena had to leave Saturday's game against the Nationals after jamming his hand sliding into third base. With one out in the fifth against the Nationals, Valbuena doubled to right but was tagged sliding into third trying to stretch his hit. Cody Ransom took over at third base in the sixth.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said there was no fracture and Valbuena most likely can't play in the field, but would be available to pinch-hit. Valbuena was not scheduled to start Sunday against Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez anyway.

Valbuena was batting .272 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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