BALTIMORE—Caleb Joseph was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a testicular injury he suffered on Monday.
Joseph suffered the injury in the eighth inning with Boston’s Travis Shaw at bat. He remained in the game, and was on deck in the ninth when the game ended.
But, afterwards Joseph went to the hospital for an examination, and he underwent a surgical procedure Monday night.
“I’d be guessing about length of time, I know what they saw but there’s not a whole of history that says 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,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Joseph, who is batting .182 in 23 games, was not at the ballpark on Tuesday.
Now knowing the severity of the injury, Showalter was amazed that Joseph was able to remain in the game.
“Without a doubt. I knew from knowing Caleb that for him to be down on his knees like that,” Showalter said.
“But checking with him every inning between innings, I think it’s probably something, as you kind of get away and get out of the moment (the pain intensifies). I don’t know. I don’t have anything to base it on, you just kind of go by what the guy tells you and what he’s doing on the field is telling you. We were watching it closely, everybody tends to initially – let’s face it – kind of snicker some when that happens, but anybody that’s had it happen, it’s very serious and we always treat it that way.”
This isn’t the first instance of a player being placed on the disabled list because of a testicular injury. In 2009, Adrian Beltre, then with Seattle, went on the DL with a severely bruised testicle.
Chris Snyder, a catcher, who later played briefly with the Orioles, fractured a testicle in 2008.
Oakland’s Billy Burns bruised a testicle last year.
MORE ORIOLES: JOSEPH STILL WAITING FOR FIRST RBI OF 2016