First baseman Eric Hosmer is mired in a zero-for-15 skid after going hitless Sunday in four at-bats. His average is down to .188 but, just maybe, his luck is turning.

Hosmer avoided a possible serious injury in the eighth inning when a pitch from Twins reliever Glen Perkins skimmed the fingers of his right hand on a check swing. Hosmer dropped the bat as he went to the ground — and stayed there a moment to collect himself.

It was an anxious moment because the ball ricocheted high into the screen behind the plate. Had that carom, as it initially appeared, come directly off his fingers … but all appears well. Afterward, Hosmer's hand showed no sign of swelling.

Now if he can just get some hits.

"It's frustrating," Hosmer admitted, "because I want to do my part and contribute, but I feel I'm having some good at-bats. I'm hitting the ball hard. It just stinks when there's nothing to show for it."