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Jones feeling fortunate after getting hit in face

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MINNEAPOLIS -- JaCoby Jones can distinctly recall what was going through his mind when he got up and started running toward the dugout after getting hit in the mouth by a Justin Haley pitch during the Tigers' 5-4 win over the Twins on Saturday.

"I was like, 'Get up. Just don't lay on the ground,'" Jones said on Sunday morning. "When I saw the blood, I knew it was bad. But I was like, 'Just run it off.' I don't know what I was thinking."

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MINNEAPOLIS -- JaCoby Jones can distinctly recall what was going through his mind when he got up and started running toward the dugout after getting hit in the mouth by a Justin Haley pitch during the Tigers' 5-4 win over the Twins on Saturday.

"I was like, 'Get up. Just don't lay on the ground,'" Jones said on Sunday morning. "When I saw the blood, I knew it was bad. But I was like, 'Just run it off.' I don't know what I was thinking."

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On Sunday, at least, Jones was thinking he's fortunate that his injuries weren't worse. His left lip has nine stitches in it, and his teeth are sore. But he has all his teeth, and he was able to eat a relatively normal dinner last night -- though he left the task of chewing food to the right side of his mouth.

More importantly, Jones doesn't seem to have a concussion, though he'll undergo more tests to make sure there are no other issues lurking when the Tigers return to Detroit.

"My teeth still hurt, but they said everything was intact and they were still there," Jones said. "I still have to get a CT scan when I get back to Detroit. Everything feels normal. I can bite down. It's just my lip. [My] teeth are sore, but other than that, it just feels like I got punched in the face. ...

"It could've knocked out all my teeth or struck me square in the eye. I am lucky it hit me in my big lip and just made it bigger. It's all good."

While it's unclear how much activity Jones is cleared to do at this point, he said he was ready to hit in the cage. Manager Brad Ausmus said he's optimistic Jones won't be out for long, allowing the Tigers' lengthy disabled list to thin out by the end of next week.

In other Tigers injury news:

J.D. Martinez ran outside on Friday for the first time since suffering his right midfoot sprain in Spring Training. Martinez ran at 40-60-percent effort and felt better than expected on Saturday. He's scheduled to run again on Monday, and Ausmus said he's hopeful that Martinez is on track to return later this month or in early May.

• Ausmus said he's optimistic that Miguel Cabrera will be able to return from his right groin strain when he's eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on May 1 -- but that it's still up in the air, depending on how Cabrera feels. If the old rules were in place, the Tigers might have waited a few days before deciding on whether a 15-day DL stint was in order.

• Ausmus said the Tigers called up journeyman outfielder/first baseman Jim Adduci on the recommendation of Triple-A Toledo manager Mike Rojas and Tigers player development director Dave Littlefield, who said Adduci was swinging the bat well. The 31-year-old, who last appeared in the big leagues in 2014 while with Texas, was penciled in as the starter in right field for Sunday's series finale after arriving at Target Field shortly before game time.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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