Jordany Valdespin could use a cup to runneth over.
The Mets utilityman exited [Monday’s] exhibition game against the Tigers after he was hit in the genitals with a Justin Verlander 94-mph fastball, and left club officials shaking their heads by revealing he wasn’t wearing a protective cup.
“You would think if you are starting at second base, you would be smart enough to wear a cup,” manager Terry Collins fumed to The Post after the Mets’ 11-0 victory at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Valdespin, who homered leading off the game facing Verlander, was attempting a bunt in the fifth inning against the stud fireballer when he was struck, crumpling him to the ground in agony.
Asked where the pitch hit him, Valdespin replied, “in the d—k,” adding that everything is “fine” and he doesn’t expect to miss action. [...]
Verlander, a former MVP and Cy Young Award winner, said it was the first time he had drilled a batter in that spot.
“He took a hack at the first pitch and the next one — he already hit one bomb — and the next one he totally squared [toward] me,” Verlander said. “And I’m like, ‘Oh God, this isn’t going to be good.’ Right out of the hand it’s like, ‘Oh, [bleep]! That is right at his [genitals].’?”