Orioles catcher Welington Castillo examined at hospital after taking foul tip to groin area

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Orioles catcher Welington Castillo was sent to a local hospital after leaving the game when he was hit in the groin area with a foul tip for the second time this season.

With two outs in the first inning of the Orioles 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto catcher Miguel Montero fouled a 2-2 pitch back that caught Castillo in the groin area. Castillo keeled over in pain as assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel and manager Buck Showalter attended to him.

Toronto — "He's at the hospital," Showalter said following the game. "Doctor on duty looked at him and they decided to get some tests. They are conducting those tests right now. He had the same issue before so, [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] and everybody wanted to be real cautious with it."

Castillo finished the inning but was replaced behind the plate by Caleb Joseph in the second inning.


The Orioles said that Castillo exited the game with a bruise.

This would be the second time this season Castillo was injured by a foul ball that hit him in the groin area. He missed 10 games with a testicular injury earlier this season after he was taken to the emergency room after taking a foul tip to the groin May 30.


Showalter said that once Castillo didn't feel better after coming out of the game, the team wanted to be cautious with the injury and get addition tests.

"Sometimes you feel better when you get away from it but he was struggling when he came in," Showalter said. "We are going to err on the side of safety and see what the tests results come back."

Last season, Joseph missed a month with a testicular injury that required surgery.