NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jordany Valdespin has learned his lesson — and it was a painful, painful lesson indeed.

The self-assured Mets utility man has vowed to wear a cup after a Justin Verlander fastball connected with his unprotected nether region on Monday.

“I never use a cup, but I’ve got to because I’m really scared of the ball hitting me in the b—-,” Valdespin said Wednesday, according to the New York Post. “I have to do it now so I never forget.”

Mets manager Terry Collins was miffed that Valdespin worked the game against the Detroit Tigers at second base without an athletic supporter. The 25-year-old said he’d start wearing one — and at all positions — “because you never know.”

“The ball can take a bad hop and hit me again, so I don’t want to get into trouble,” he said.

It wasn’t a bad hop that got him on Monday. It was a 94-mph slice of cheddar from the Tigers’ ace, who was aware of the ball’s cringe-worthy path as soon as it left his hand. Valdespin dropped to the dirt and writhed in pain for several minutes.

It was enough to leave Valdespin “very scared.”

“Oh, yeah, baby — very scared,” he said. “I felt like I didn’t have nothing at the time, but everything is normal, it’s just fine.”

Valdespin is batting .370 with three home runs and six RBIs this spring. He didn’t make the trip to face the Nationals on Wednesday.

I think we can all agree that Valdespin is making the right decision. Sound off in the comments section…

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