Dan Uggla just saw his Spring Training get a little worse Tuesday afternoon. The Atlanta Braves second baseman was hit in the neck by a fastball thrown by New York Yankees pitching prospect Branden Pinder in the sixth inning of the Braves' 2-0 win.
Uggla managed to stay on his feet and trot to first but was quickly replaced by a pinch-runner. After being examined by a Yankees team doctor, Uggla was cleared to return to Lake Buena Vista with the Braves, ajc.com reports.
"Danny was fine, but you are scared when you get hit around the head area," Fredi Gonzalez said. "Got him in the neck. He's a tough guy. I'm sure he'll be ready to go Thursday."
Uggla, though likely sore from being beaned in a sensitive area, seemed to almost not care that he had been plunked.
“I’m good," Uggla said. "Luckily I never was blacked out or anything like that. I feel fine.”
His Grapefruit League stats also got worse Tuesday, as Uggla went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, lowering his average to .130 with 12 strikeouts.
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