Tigers outfield JaCoby Jones is counting his lucky stars he escaped serious injury after being hit in the face with a pitch.
Jones was up to bat Saturday afternoon when Twins reliever Justin Haley clocked him in the face, leaving Jones bloody and disoriented.
The 24-year-old Tigers rookie went to the hospital, where he received nine stitches to his upper lip, and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Jones said he will undergo a couple more tests, but he doesn't think he has a concussion.
"It could've knocked out all my teeth or struck me square in the eye," he said Sunday, via the Associated Press. "I am lucky it hit me in my big lip and just made it bigger. It's all good."
Jones getting hit in the face was only the beginning of a tense game between the Twins and Tigers. The benches cleared shortly afterward when Tigers starter Matthew Boyd threw a fastball behind Twins slugger Miguel Sano. The Twins saw that as retaliation for what happened to Jones, and some shoving and attempted punching ensued.
Both Boyd and Sano were ejected from the game. The Tigers ended up winning, 5-4.
Interestingly enough, Haley was also placed on the 10-day disabled list after the game with tendonitis in his right biceps.