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Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph placed on 15-day DL with ‘testicular injury’

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Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after undergoing a surgical procedure related to suffering a “testicular injury” in Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The cringe-worthy injury occurred during the eighth inning when a check swing by Travis Shaw drastically changed the trajectory of an Ashur Tolliver pitch straight into Joseph’s gonads.

Miraculously, Joseph remained in the game, but Orioles skipper Buck Showalter later determined it was a good idea for an expert to have a look-see, sending Joseph to the hospital, although he did stop short of getting into any uncomfortable details concerning the presumably painful aftermath of the injury.

“Decided to take him down and get checked out,” Showalter said, via MASN. “The urologist didn’t like some things and they went in and what they did. I’m not going to get into all the details, but definitely DL. I’d be guessing about length of time. There’s not a whole lot of history that, if you have this done and you’re a catcher, when will you be able to catch again? So obviously not in those 15 days.”

Showalter then addressed the elephant in the room, what with how the nature of an injury like the one Joseph suffered can elicit sophomoric responses.

“Everybody tends to initially, let’s face it, kind of snicker some when that happens,” Showalter told MASN. “But anybody who’s had it happen, it’s very serious and we always treat it that way.”

Teammate Matt Wieters spoke for pretty much every man when making the following observation.

“I knew Caleb was tough,” he said. “That’s a tough one. Whether it’s as bad as Caleb got hit or not quite as severe, it still doesn’t feel good. I think you don’t quite know how bad it is. Unfortunately for Caleb, it was a little worse than the usual shot off the cup, but the doctors took care of everything they needed to take care of and he’ll be back soon.

“I think every man can probably sympathize with Caleb a little bit. I’m sure he’s pretty sore today, but talking to him this morning, everything went as well as it could have last night. So to be able to kind of rest a little bit and then get him back here at full strength will be good.”

Indeed.