A catcher’s worst nightmare happened to Mitch Garver last night. It was the bottom of the 7th inning and the Minnesota Twins were trying to comeback on the Baltimore Orioles. That’s probably what Mitch was concerned with at the time. But moment’s later… his world was turned upside down.
Trey Mancini swung at a 3-0 fastball up and in, foul tipping it in one-hop fashion directly into Mitch Garver’s nut cup, which (for educational purposes) holds his testicles. Any shot to the groin hurts but the cup is supposed to eliminate any serious damage from being inflicted.
Unfortunately for Mitch, that wasn’t the case on this dark Tuesday night. After being bent over in pain for what felt like an eternity, Garver was helped off the field and rushed to the hospital in Baltimore, where he required immediate surgery. I can’t find any video clips of the fateful foul tip (thankfully) but the photo below (2nd tweet) gives a very detailed and graphic explanation of what a “groin contusion” is.
This morning, we got an update via Mitch Garver’s Instagram account and he claims to be “recovering well”.
I appreciate his optimism.
This photo is anxiety. pic.twitter.com/d9obKHN7I8— Minnesota Sports Fan (@realmnsportsfan) June 2, 2021
Rocco Baldelli said last night after the game that he didn’t think Mitch would be catching any games for awhile. After seeing the photo evidence and hearing about Garver’s “successful surgery”, I’d have to agree.
The Twins will play in honor of Mitch and his fallen soldiers tonight, in what feels like a must-win game for a team desperate to show life.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan