LaTroy Hawkins was hit square in the groin with a ground-ball in the ninth inning during Wednesday night’s loss against the Dodgers.
Hawkins was unavailable to pitch Thursday with what the team described as a, “testicle contusion.”
Despite the incident, Hawkins told reporters he still will not wear a protective cup.
“I tried it a couple of times in the minor leagues. It wasn’t comfortable,” he said, according to Newsday. “I’ve thrown a lot of innings. I’ve been in a lot of ballgames. That’s the first time I got hit. So, it won’t change.”
Dillon Gee also doesn’t wear a protective cup and said he believes most pitchers do the same, despite being the closest non-catcher to the plate on the field.
“I can almost guarantee you there’s more that don’t wear them than do,” Gee said. “That’s where my money would be.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I only played up through varsity high school baseball and, when I pitched, I didn’t wear a cup either, nor did anyone else on the team. I never really thought about it being an issue until this situation with Hawkins. I mean, the dude has played 21 seasons and pitched in almost 1,000 games, not to mention high school, college, the minors, etc… If he doesn’t want to wear a cup, that’s his business. Frankly, I can’t stop wincing over the name of that medical diagnosis, which sounds like a weird comedy rock band featuring Jack Black or something. Yikes.
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