Foul Balls | Nationals Catcher Keibert Ruiz Forced To IL After Brutal Blow To The Family Jewels

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The Washington Nationals will place catcher Keibert Ruiz on the 10-day injured list Friday after he was injured behind the plate yesterday when he took a foul ball off his groin. Ruiz initially remained in the game for a few innings, but he was eventually lifted and replaced by Riley Adams. Ruiz was taken to the hospital for tests due to swelling in his testicles, according to reports.

The Nationals will select the contract of catcher Israel Pineda from Triple-A Rochester. They’ll also recall righty Jordan Weems from Rochester.

Receiving any kind of hit to the private areas is brutal. Those who have been hit in that area by anything know the pain that ensues. But a foul ball in that region might be among the worst objects right?

Also, was Ruiz wearing a cup? Did the foul ball break the cup or hit a non protected area? There are a lot of questions here.

Why did he stay in the game? Is this a tough-guy sports thing?

One of the strange things that needs to be abolished from sports culture is the need to display “toughness,” especially if it’s stupid and could lead to a serious health issue.

There is no shame about asking out of a game when you take a foul ball to the scrotum. There is no “walking off” that kind of thing.

Surprising to literally nobody, Ruiz apparently felt awful as the day went on. Shocking. Considering he decided to stay in the game and play a physically demanding position like catcher!

There has been no update from the Nationals on the status of Ruiz beyond the injured list.

Ruiz began his career in the Los Angeles Dodgers system and was traded to the Nationals as part of the Max Scherzer deal.

The Nationals are the worst team in baseball. The eras of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper seems so long ago alhough they won the World Series in 2019. Three seasons outside of the playoffs and at the bottom of the division feel like an eternity.

For any Nationals fans thinking that at least this poor finish will net the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, think again. Next year will be the first with a draft lottery under the new collective bargaining agreement.

The worst three finishers each receive only a 16.5-percent shot at the No. 1 pick, with no clear advantage for finishing 30th out of 30.

Welp.

You win some. You lose some. At least they have the 2019 World Series victory over the Houston Astros in an epic seven games to remember fondly.


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