NEW YORK — Oh, no:

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was shaken up within the top of the sixth inning of the AL wild-card game on Tues. after a Brian Dozier foul tip appeared to catch him sq. within the groin.

Pitcher David Robertson reacted with the empathetic grimace of a human being who has in all probability additionally taken a baseball to the groin sooner or after in his life:

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We have now no indication in that Gary Sanchez is an insane individual, so it’s likely he was sporting safety. However anyone who reckons stated safety is adequate within the case of a direct hit is welcome to place on an athletic supporter & have buddies throw baseballs at his groin. There’s no means this was pleasant:

Home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez, in line with the catcher-umpire code, walked the ball out to Robertson to provide Sanchez a second. However after briefly crumbling to the bottom in pain, the catcher remained within the game like a hero.

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Hug your nearest catchers, for theirs is a troublesome lot.