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."
Yankees not expecting Nova to be out too long
CLEVELAND -- The Yankees do not expect Ivan Nova to miss much time after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects to hear more when the club returns to New York late on Sunday, but he is not anticipating a long layoff for the hurler, who complained of tightness in his shoulder after his start on Tuesday in Chicago.
"We don't anticipate it to be too long, but I have to see what Dr. [Christopher] Ahmad says and how he's feeling after three, four days," Girardi said.
Unless David Phelps is needed on Friday in a long relief role behind CC Sabathia, who was activated from the disabled list for his start against the Indians, Girardi said he'd expect Phelps to start on Monday or Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
"You don't want to see anyone go on the DL, obviously," Phelps said. "But I know I'm available tonight out of the bullpen. We'll see what happens tonight, and obviously we'll know for sure tomorrow what happens tonight.
"I'd like to be starting. Not in this case -- I don't want to see it at the expense of one of my teammates -- but it's obviously what I want to do."
Girardi defends postgame actions toward unruly fan
CLEVELAND -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he had no regrets about his actions outside the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday, when he approached a rowdy heckler and demanded the fan be removed from the stadium.
Girardi was beginning his postgame interview session when the fan, who was exiting a suite area, loudly called Girardi a "bum" and taunted the manager about his club's 2-1 loss to the White Sox.
Girardi said he has heard worse from fans many times, but his issue was that the fan was yelling in an area where the wives and children of team personnel could be present. Girardi's wife, Kim, was nearby, as were his children.
"It's the family area, number one," Girardi said. "No one did anything, number two. It shouldn't take me getting upset to have to do something. My wife and kids were there, other kids were there, and I don't think families should be subject to that."
Girardi took a few steps toward the unruly fan and nudged a security guard, telling him to "shut that guy up," but the guard did not move from his seat on a golf cart outside the clubhouse. A video of the incident was posted online shortly after.
"I've said things to security people about people in the stands yelling obscenities to our players," Girardi said. "I've done it; knock it off. It's not right. I don't like it. Now if you want to yell an obscenity and I'm the only person around, go ahead, yell what you want. I don't care."
Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) played catch on Friday at Progressive Field and told Girardi that he felt fine. Pettitte is expected to ramp up his program next week at Yankee Stadium.
Alex Rodriguez (fractured left hand) is moving closer to taking dry swings with both hands on the bat. Rodriguez's next step from there would be making contact with a ball off a tee.
Yankees reliever David Robertson is still patiently waiting for news from New York, where his wife, Erin, is expecting the couple's first child. Robertson would leave the team as soon as possible to be present for the birth.
On this date in 1927, the Yankees defeated the Tigers, 9-5, at Navin Field as Wilcy Moore won his 15th game of the season. The win started an eight-game winning streak for New York, the second of two streaks of eight or more victories for the Murderer's Row club.