Jason Vargas drilled in crotch by liner, Ned Yost cracks joke about it (video)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas earned the victory in Monday’s tilt against the Minnesota Twins, pitching six strong innings while giving up only five hits and no earned runs in a 3-1 win.
But Vargas is probably counting his lucky stars — among other things — after experiencing a frightening close call during the fifth inning after taking a line-drive to his crotch area off the bat of Aaron Hicks.
The ball was partly deflected by Vargas’ glove, thus taking some of the steam of the liner, and he managed to compose himself and retire Hicks at first with a throw from his knees. He needed a moment to recompose himself but shooed away the trainers and resumed pitching.
Despite disaster being averted, the pitcher nevertheless expressed relief he was able to walk away from such a potentially injurious incident considering he was hit “where you don’t want to get hit,” as he put it, per The Kansas City Star.
“I was definitely glad that I’m standing up right now,” Vargas said as he made note he was fortunate he got his glove up in time to deflect it.
And while Vargas may be relying on a bag of ice to deal with any lingering aftereffects, Royals skipper Ned Yost relied on his sense of humor when explaining why he wasn’t made at Vargas for not converting the double play.
“I don’t blame you for not,” Yost told Vargas, via FOX Sports. “You probably looked down and saw three balls on the ground and didn’t know which one to pick up.”