Ichiro Suzuki's SUV nearly totaled in accident but he's OK

Ichiro Suzuki heads to first base after hitting Ichiro Suzuki heads to first base after hitting a single in the bottom of the third inning of a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (Feb. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki's SUV was nearly totaled, but remarkably, the Yankees outfielder escaped Saturday's accident with barely a scratch.

When asked Sunday morning at Steinbrenner Field if he felt any soreness, Ichiro said, "Not at all.'' He added, "I almost want my body to feel like I got hit or something, but my body just didn't react, I guess. No, nothing. I don't feel anything."

Shortly after Saturday's game, Ichiro was going south on Dale Mabry Road in Tampa. At the intersection with West Kennedy, Ichiro said, a car failed to yield the right of way and hit him nearly head on toward the driver's side, deploying his air bag. "I slammed on the brakes, couldn't do anything about it," Ichiro said.

Police issued a summons to the other driver.

"I'm very thankful everyone was OK," Ichiro said. "She was very distraught and apologetic from the beginning, really shook up, but she was OK."

Ichiro, 39, whose translator, Allen Turner, arrived at the scene moments before the police, said team doctors would check him out late Sunday morning, but only after his previously scheduled workout.

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"You're going to have to do a lot worse to have me get hurt, I guess,'' he said. "Out on the field, too, I don't think anyone is going to think that I'll ever get hurt."

Ichiro was not scheduled to travel to Fort Myers for Sunday's's game against the Red Sox. The Yankees are off Monday before playing the Braves Tuesday night. Joe Girardi said he was "under the assumption" that Ichiro will be back in the lineup then.

Ichiro was thankful for the air bag.

"I realized air bags actually do exist," he said. "I had never seen one before. You can trust the car-makers. They do make good air bags and safe cars."

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