Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander stays current on his team's transactions and often welcomes his new teammates with Twitter well-wishes. But it got a bit awkward Wednesday.

The Tigers agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent utility man Jordany Valdespin. No big deal, right?


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Back in spring training of 2013, Verlander hit Valdespin in a very awkward place with a 94-mph fastball on a failed bunt attempt. Valdespin admitted he wasn't wearing a cup and vowed to do so going forward. Although there are no hard feelings between the players, Valdespin obviously remembers what happened that March. And apparently so does Verlander:

😳 "Heeeeeeey Jordany... Nice to meet you." #whoops #ballshot #sorry #newteammate

— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) December 24, 2015

In the meantime, happy holidays to everyone else: Here's Verlander's girlfriend, Kate Upton, working out with her dog nearby.