There was a scary moment in the fifth inning of the first game of the Phillies-Blue Jays doubleheader Thursday when Phils reliever Jose Alvarez took a 105 mph line drive to the groin.
The lefty Alvarez remarkably finished the play, underhanding the ball to first base to end the inning then falling to the ground, where he remained for several minutes before being carted off.
The Phils went on to lose 3-2 on a walk-off single from Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Alvarez, 31, has been the Phillies' most consistent reliever this season. He's tied with Tommy Hunter and Adam Morgan for the team lead with eight appearances and has allowed just one run. Alvarez has a 3.17 ERA in 75 appearances as a Phillie.
The Phils can ill afford to lose any reliable member of their league-worst bullpen but Alvarez could be forced to miss some time. More could be known about his condition after the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.