Jeter upset, relieved after taking fastball to helmet

Jeter upset, relieved after taking fastball to helmet

Jeter upset, relieved after taking fastball to helmet
CLEVELAND -- Derek Jeter appeared to be furious after he was clipped on the bill of his batting helmet by an errant fastball on Friday night, but the Yankees captain is just relieved the damage wasn't any worse.

Jeter's helmet cracked after the impact of a 92-mph fastball from Indians starter Corey Kluber, who came up and in on the shortstop during the second inning of New York's 3-1 win over the Indians at Progressive Field.

"Did it hurt? No, it felt good. Of course it hurt," Jeter said. "You get hit with a 90-something-mile-per-hour fastball, it's going to hurt. There's no problem, so I'm fine."

The blow knocked Jeter's helmet off, and he staggered toward the third-base dugout briefly before recovering. Jeter pushed away manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue and scowled at the mound.

"Of course you're angry," Jeter said. "No one wants to get hit in the head. It's kind of a dangerous area, so of course I was upset. It's over with, it's done with, it's history now."

Television replays showed that Jeter told Kluber, "Don't do that to me." Kluber told reporters that the pitch was an inside fastball, but he had no intent and that it "just got away from me."

Nick Swisher, who was watching from the on-deck circle, was impressed by how Jeter absorbed the hit.

"I heard it and closed my eyes real quick because I thought he was going down, and then he was just kind of standing there," Swisher said. "I was like, what a champ. That didn't faze him at all.

"But any time you get up in that region, towards the face, that's kind of off-limits, and I would like to think he just kind of lost that pitch. But then again, that's nothing to joke around with, that could have been super serious."

Girardi said that he and Donohue asked Jeter a few questions as they walked to first base together and that there was no immediate concern about a concussion.

"I'll ask questions, and you look at their eyes a lot of times," Girardi said. "You can tell by their eyes. Stevie has a series of questions he's supposed to go through, and I let him take care of that. But I just kind of look at him, mostly."

Jeter said that at the time, it was a "scary" moment, and that all he heard was a "bang" when the ball hit his helmet.

"I don't think anyone throws at someone's head on purpose," Jeter said. "I don't see any reason why. I haven't faced the guy and I don't know the guy.

"I don't think he did that, but if you're throwing up and in, you've got to be careful. That's a dangerous area to be throwing. Fortunately, there are no problems."