That's Got To Hurt - Baseball Player Has Emergency Surgery After 102mph Fastball Hits The Crown Jewels
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Let us give you a quick warning, this doesn't make for light Monday morning reading, especially not if you had a heavy night on the booze for the Bank Holiday.
We have a slight suspicion that any baseball players' most frequent nightmares consist of being hit in the nether regions - maybe most blokes. That's the impression given off.
So, imagine the horror of being hit at 102mph by a ball that's moving at speeds higher than most cars in the fast lane. It's the stuff of cross-legged squirms, isn't it?
But that's exactly what happened to St. Louis Cardinals player Yadier Molina on Saturday. The catcher was rushed for emergency surgery after he was hit in the crown jewels by a foul tip off a fastball. Unlucky LAD, that's one you're never going to forget.
Yadier Molina has exited the game. pic.twitter.com/ryrFmDc60p
- Deadspin (@Deadspin) May 5, 2018
The MailOnline reports that the Cardinals said the eight-time All-Star is expected to miss at least four weeks with what the team called a 'pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma'. Sounds lovely that, doesn't it? It's otherwise known as getting hit in the bollocks.
Puerto Rican Molina immediately fell to the ground in pain and was replaced by Francisco Pena. He left the game against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth innings.
Afterwards, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said: "That was a bad one, and those ones don't necessarily feel better (the next day)."
Who would have thought?
Matheny said there was no way for the star catcher to dodge the ball hitting his crotch.
He added: "He just couldn't go anywhere. There was nowhere to go. He was trying to get the ability to breathe back. No further explanation for that one." No further explanation needed, thanks.
Molina has played his entire Major League Baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals since making his debut in 2004. He is a two-time World Series champion and four-time National League pennant winner with the Cardinals.
After 30 games this season, 35-year-old Molina is hitting 272 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in.
Although he has thrown out an impressive 41 percent of attempted base-stealers in his career, Molina has yet to throw out anybody this season. And he won't be for the next month either.
He was replaced on the active roster by fellow catcher Carson Kelly, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis.
Luckily, the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 on a walk-off home run by Kolten Wong in the 10th innings.
Maybe that's something to soften the blow for Molina. Or maybe not. Happy Bank Holiday.