NEW YORK – Some tight shots by New York Yankees starter J.A. Happ on Thursday left Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon fuming.
Specifically, he was watching two fastballs inside during an appearance on the plate, the second of which was a four-seam at 90 miles per hour that hit Gordon's right wrist and forced him to leave the game, which made that the main batter would be furious.
"I was angry, it was the second time he vomited me," Gordon said, according to The Seattle Times. "You have to lower the ball, you can not throw that pitch, I have a family, you need to get the ball, you have to get the ball down, that's twice, if you can, do not throw that pitch, do not throw it."
The fast ball of the third inning that hit Gordon's wrist caused immediate and visible discomfort. He took off his helmet and started walking around the area behind the home plate at Yankee Stadium, screaming with obvious pain when a team coach ran out of the dugout to evaluate him.
After several moments dedicated to determine if Gordon would stay in the game or not, the decision was made to eliminate him.
The initial tests were inconclusive. The Mariners will conduct more tests on Gordon's wrist on Friday, when they open a series of weekend in Boston.
After the injury, Gordon was replaced by Dylan Moore, who also has a wrist injury after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday. Moore played from the third inning to the eighth, when he was hit by Jay Bruce. In the next half-inning, Edwin Encarnación took Moore's place in the field at second base, making his first appearance in the race there.
Encarnación, too, had a scare of injury when he threw himself into a dirt ball that hit him at the entrance. He remained in the game.
Gordon's comments were not made public when the Yankees' clubhouse was open. During the few minutes that Happ spoke with the reporters, he was not asked about hitting Gordon with the release.
Still, Happ admitted that he threw on Thursday with a little extra intensity and excitement as he came out of a disappointing four-run, seven-hit run in his previous start last Saturday against Minnesota. He arrived on Thursday trying to compensate for that effort.
"I just felt a little frustration since the last start," said Happ. "So I do not know, throwing with an advantage or whatever you want to call it, but I was [definitely] Focused out there, and I feel that helped a little. "
He felt that the advantage helped him enjoy his best start to the season, a scoreless exit of more than five innings in which he allowed only one hit.
"It was pretty intense throughout the game," added Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "I've been fighting hard, I feel like I'm really upset, and even from the end of spring training until the beginning of the season, really trying to find that way."
Gordon made a solid start by hitting .304 with 19 RBIs, 14 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in his first 38 games.
During his first appearance on the plate on Thursday, Gordon saw five Happ pitches. Each one stayed off the plate or sat in the center of the strike zone. He walked, and was later expelled trying to steal second base.
The only two pitches that saw his second plate appearance were inside. The first was a fast two-seam ball at 89 mph just below the belt, which was called a strike. The second was the one who hit him.