Welington Castillo hospitalized

Baltimore Orioles' Welington Castillo falls to the ground after swinging against a pitch from Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Dan Otero in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Baltimore Orioles catcher Welington Castillo exited Monday’s game against the rival Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning with an apparent injury. With the bases loaded, two outs and Miguel Montero at the plate for Toronto in the first inning, Castillo was hit in the groin by a foul ball and had to be taken to a hospital.

He was replaced behind the plate by Caleb Joseph.

“He’s at the hospital,” manager Buck Showalter said after the game, per ESPN. “Doctor on duty looked at him, and they decided to get some tests. They are conducting those tests right now. He had the same issue before, so [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] and everybody wanted to be real cautious with it.”

It’s not the first time the veteran catcher has been injured in that region, either. On May 30 against the New York Yankees, an errant foul ball resulted in a testicular injury and subsequent trip to the disabled list.

The Blue Jays took Monday’s meeting, 4-3. Marco Estrada improved to 8-8 with a win for Toronto while Ubaldo Jimenez fell to 5-10 on the year.

Castillo is hitting .293 with 19 homers, 49 RBIs and a .505 slugging percentage, which would be a career-high mark over a single qualified season. He’s also posted a 1.9 WAR on the season, piling on to his career mark of 13. This is the 30-year-old’s first season with the Orioles following a two-year stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Castillo has also played for both the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.

The Blue Jays and Orioles will face off once again on Tuesday for the second of a three-game set.

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