Uggla not hurt after being hit in back of head

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees' trainer and the Braves' medical personnel consulted outside Atlanta's clubhouse Tuesday night after Dan Uggla had been struck in the back of the head by a pitch thrown by Brandon Pinder, a non-roster right-handed pitcher with the Yankees. They seemed more concerned for the Braves' second baseman than he was.

Uggla, batting in the sixth spot in the lineup, was struck at the base of his batting helmet on the back of his neck. He reacted with anger, thought he later indicated he was certain Pinder hadn't meant to hit him. He was removed from the game, but when he reached the clubhouse nine minutes after being struck, he seemed fine.

"I never went black, no concussion," he said.

Uggla didn't expect to be examined. He didn't want to undergo tests for a concussion as he did last summer after he'd been hit, also in the head, by Marlins pitcher and former teammate Chad Gaudin.

"You know, when you get hit, your first reaction is anger," Uggla said. "But that goes away fast. Then you're just happy you can get up and walk away."

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.