Adrian Beltre, on the disabled list with a — it still hurts to type — severely contused right testicle, is ready to do some light work today, including some swings in the cage. But he said that his testicle is still swollen,
We asked him the million-dollar question: Will he be wearing a cup when he returns to action? With a smile, Beltre pointed to a cup in a wrapper that was sitting in his locker, placed there by an unnamed teammate.
“They put one one my locker, but I don’t know,” he said.
Beltre finally acknowledged that yes, “probably, I will (wear a cup). The swelling is still there, so maybe for now, I have to. I’m planning to go play with my testicle swollen, so I have to wear one.”
Because of the swelling, “I think I need a custom-sized one,” he joked.
So it sounds like for practical health reasons, he’s going to start out wearing a cup when he returns (Beltre is eligible to come off the DL on Friday).. But what about when the swelling goes down?
“I don’t know. That’s a good question.”
When it was pointed out that most people who endured what he did would say, yes, of course I’ll wear one for the rest of my life, he said, “I might be lying if I said that. I’ve tried before. It’s uncomfortable. I hated it. If it’s going to happen every 11 years of my career, I’ll take my chances.”
Beltre pointed out that he’s never been hit there before. He wore a cup only once in his career — when he was playing in the Dominican Republic as a Dodger rookie in 1995.
“I tried to wear it because it was mandatory. But every time you move, it’s uncomfortable. To go to the side, you dive, you dive on top of it. I don’t know exactly how I’m going to do it.”
The incident happened in the ninth inning of a game that lasted 14. Asked how he played another five innings, Beltre said, “I didn’t have any option,” pointing out that Jack Wilson was out with a hamstring injury.
“We didn’t have an extra infielder. Two or three innings after that, I dove into first, and it really hurt. That’s when I started thinking…but even if I wanted to (come out), we didn’t have an extra infielder.”
Beltre wound up scoring the winning run on Ken Griffey’s hit in the 14th after getting aboard on a single.
“You know what? At times it hurt a lot, but other times, it didn’t hurt that much because of the adrenalin of the game. It was a close game, nothing nothing, We were just trying to get the game over. When I was running, it didn’t really feel that bad.”
On the injury itself, on a grounder by the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez that hit him directly in his cupless groin, Beltre said (this isn’t for the faint-hearted), “I thought it exloded.”
Beltre said his first reaction was to writhe on the ground in pain, “but I saw the ball right next to me, and I wanted to finish the play. Then I made a wild throw. It was on target, but low.”
Even after the play, he remained upright. “There was cameras around,” he said. “You can’t lay down on the ground.”
No question, Beltre wins the Josias Manzanillo “Grace Under Pressure” award.