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Russell Wilson after being struck in face by grounder: ‘I’ve been hit harder’

Russell Wilson showcased his sense of humor on Tuesday after being struck in the face by a ball while fielding grounders during his second day at spring training with the New York Yankees.

The play in question occurred Tuesday morning while Wilson, working on fielding drills as a second baseman, had a ball carom off the heel of his glove and whack him directly in the face. With onlookers asking if he was okay, Wilson made it clear that he was well enough to even crack a joke.

“I’ve been hit harder,” Wilson said, via NJ.com.

He can say that again, without question.

It goes without saying that Wilson enjoyed a far better debut in pinstripes on Monday given the fielding mishap Tuesday, as the Seattle Seahawks signal-caller put on quite the show during batting practice.

Wilson mentioned Monday how much it means to don the Yankees pinstripes, as it has been his lifelong dream. Also, Wilson stressed his appearance at Yankees camp was not some kind of sideshow or publicity stunt.

“Some people always, for me, get confused on ‘is this just a stunt’ or whatever. They don’t know me. If you really know me, baseball’s been part of my blood,” Wilson said. “When you see me make plays on the football field, a lot of that’s a direct correlation to baseball.”

Wilson, as noted, was acquired by the Yankees in a trade earlier this month with the Texas Rangers. A baseball star with the NC State Wolfpack from 2008-2010, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round (140th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB draft. Wilson was traded to the Rangers organization in 2013 and appeared at spring training with the team in 2014 and 2015.