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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar drilled in gonads by wicked hop (video)


Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is probably counting his blessings — among other things — after he was drilled right in the crotch by a wicked hop during Wednesday’s 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

It appears the nut-shot occurred during the fifth inning when Seattle’s Nelson Cruz reached base on a play that was ruled an error on Escobar. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Not much is known about Escobar’s status after taking the ball to his balls, but odds are good he may have relied upon the soothing comforts of sitting on a bag of ice after the game.

Escobar currently leads all AL shortstops in the All-Star vote, easily outpacing the Detroit Tigers’ Jose Iglesias by a whopping 1.6 million votes based upon the latest update from MLB Communications earlier this week.

Let’s hope Escobar is no worse for wear after this cringe-inducing incident. For what’s it worth, Escobar went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in Kansas City’s win. Talk about keeping one’s eye on the prize … well, in a manner of speaking.

[H/T Total Pro Sports]