LaTroy Hawkins was struck in the groin with a ground-ball in the ninth inning during Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers.
“Direct hit,” Hawkins said to reporters, describing the location of the injury.
He threw some practice pitches, he and Terry Collins deemed him well enough to keep pitching, so he did, and then immediately threw a fastball down in the middle of the plate and gave up a game-tying two-run home run to Andre Ethier that sent the game to extra innings.
Collins later told reporters that Hawkins is his closer, in the absence of Bobby Parnell, which is why he left him in the game.
According to eyewitnesses, Hawkins was still in obvious pain after the game, “wincing,” and “walking like an old man,” he said.
The 21-year veteran told reporters he has never worn a cup.
“I’m going to have to start, it hurts a lot” he admitted, according to New York Post. “I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts. … I can walk a little bit now. But at first I couldn’t walk at all. … When I lift my leg, I can feel my balls in my throat, but I thought I could get through it.”