July 03, 2008

Video: Diamondbacks Catcher Chris Snyder Fractures Left Testicle: Although the injury report just says that Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder is on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, the team revealed that he suffered a "left testicular fracture" Monday when hit by a foul ball. "Suspended in the scrotum, a skin pouch below the penis, each testicle is surrounded by the tunica albuginea, a tough, fibrous covering that often takes the hit of trauma to the gland," according to UrologyHealth.Org. "Like the shell of an egg, it can be easily 'fractured' or shattered when confronted by a blunt or violent force." See the video.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:14 PM - 33 comments

He finished the inning? Ballsy.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 02:32 PM on July 03

His cup runneth over...

posted by irunfromclones at 02:38 PM on July 03

He finished the inning? That's nuts. He finished the inning? I bet he was teste afterward. He finished the inning? He's got the "Toughest MLB Catcher" award in the bag.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:44 PM on July 03

Oh gosh that has got to hurt. You just hope that a guy can come back from an injury like that. After all, just getting into the majors is a tough nut to crack.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:46 PM on July 03

And Joe Peschi was accusing others of "breaking his balls" in Goodfellas? Snyder gives that phrase whole new meaning...ouch! A few loose leaves in his teabag, no doubt...

posted by knowsalittle at 02:57 PM on July 03

"See the video." Yeah, right! Good one! Like I want to see th.. Oh crap. I couldn't resist.

posted by tselson at 03:07 PM on July 03

Yeah, I was going to say the exact same thing, then ended up watching the video anyway. I had no idea that testicles could "fracture". So I guess baseball catchers don't wear protective cups?

posted by dave2007 at 03:36 PM on July 03

So I guess baseball catchers don't wear protective cups? They do, but the pitcher threw a breaking ball.

posted by rocketman at 04:15 PM on July 03

I was umpiring the field one evening when a foul ball came directly back and nailed my plate partner directly in the cup. There was a resounding crack as the ball hit, and everyone was sure he would double over in pain. After a moment's pause, he exclaimed in a very loud falsetto voice, "FOUL BALL". It took a minute or two before we could all stop laughing and resume the game.

posted by Howard_T at 04:31 PM on July 03

So I guess baseball catchers don't wear protective cups? Only catchers know for sure. In high school our coach would do random 'cup-checks' on the infielders. No, not that kind of check. He'd bring us in on the grass and then hit rocket grounders at us. He also said he played with someone that was hit so hard in the cup it split and splintered. The guy was in the emergency room for hours as they picked splinters out from his groin. I don't believe him though, much.

posted by justgary at 04:43 PM on July 03


posted by BxBruce at 04:44 PM on July 03

To quote Joe Garagiola, "that'll have you looking for a priest with some holy water" As to catchers not wearing protective cups, I'm confident he was, it's just that in that position things can be a bit vunerable, especially on the side. I'd draw a picture to help explain it, but I'm sure you get the picture. If he comes back within 15 days he will be my personal hero! Being a catcher in the major leagues isn't all it's cracked up to be.

posted by dviking at 04:59 PM on July 03

He also said he played with someone that was hit so hard in the cup it split and splintered. Just ask any NHL goalie about breaking a cup. (No, not Stanley) I've seen it happen a few times at a much lower level of play. I've never heard of it splintering, though. That just adds insult to injury. Umm, and yes BxBruce, ow for sure.

posted by BoKnows at 05:03 PM on July 03

Yeah, this is pretty much the worst thing I've read all day. Poor guy. There is a vas defrens between this and other sports related injuries.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:03 PM on July 03

I heard Ueker call this on the radio. "... and Snyder is down and he is in some pain. No trainers coming out. There's only one spot to get hit as a catcher that the trainers don't want to come and help you with... " Or something to that affect. Well, just imagine that with the standard Ueker pauses and humor.

posted by tron7 at 05:23 PM on July 03

The jokes make this thread worth reading. The video made me cringe in horror. It even made my six year old son cringe, and he has no idea what it's like to be hit there. (Sadly I have been. On multiple occasions. Mostly by said six year old.) That was just... GAHHHH!

posted by Drood at 05:25 PM on July 03

just a comment...Joey Michaels wins the most informed/sarcastic/crude comment award. That was truly inspired.

posted by knowsalittle at 06:38 PM on July 03

/watches video *faints*

posted by grum@work at 08:01 PM on July 03

Joey's was good, but I liked rocketman's. So, grum, on the scorecard is that considered a foul ball?

posted by THX-1138 at 08:54 PM on July 03

Would you say "the ball's in Synder court".

posted by giveuptheghost at 09:04 PM on July 03

That's a ticklish situation. It's gonna be rough on the trainers. Before they allow him to come back into the line-up they're gonna have to give him a couple of test-tickles. Thank you. Enjoy the veal.

posted by bobfoot at 11:23 PM on July 03

Oh my gosh, why did they slow mo that? And why did i watch it in slow mo? I'm going to go throw up now . . .

posted by brainofdtrain at 11:54 PM on July 03

Monday was a bad night for catchers and their testicles. Jose Molina took a fastball to the groin on a cross up.

posted by goddam at 12:33 AM on July 04

I'll bet Chris never imagined that when he said 'I'd give my left nut to make it in the majors.'

posted by skifan at 09:41 AM on July 05

Ouch! Talk about (black &) blue balls It's hard to imagine what the splint/cast would look like for this type of fracture

posted by m8nsman at 10:44 AM on July 05

His cup runneth over: especially after the swelling set in I thought I was sore after my vascectomy, I bounced back after a few days, he had to go on the 15 day DL Oh the humanity & humility

posted by m8nsman at 10:51 AM on July 05

Joey Michaels wins the most informed/sarcastic/crude comment award. I think maybe ever. That was some good stuff. In all, what a wonderful metaphor for the junk show that the Dbacks season has become.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:48 PM on July 05

There's only one spot to get hit as a catcher that the trainers don't want to come and help you with... They're afraid they'll be asked to kiss it and make it all better.

posted by Howard_T at 02:45 PM on July 05

Fuck this, I'm taking my ball and going home.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:02 PM on July 06

Fuck this, I'm taking my ball and going home. You're going to have to get it back from Snyder, as he already took it.

posted by Jeffwa at 06:01 PM on July 06

I thought only Robert Redford could rip the cover off of a ball.

posted by BoKnows at 10:06 PM on July 06


posted by lsutigers96 at 11:07 AM on July 07

Was Snyder not wearing a cup or did it just not save him from a very unfortunate (and painful) fracture?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:31 PM on July 07

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