Hawkins takes 'direct hit,' surrenders homer
August, 15, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
LOS ANGELES -- LaTroy Hawkins took what he labeled a “direct hit” to the groin on a comebacker from Jerry Hairston Jr. Uncomfortable, he stayed in the game and immediately served up a game-tying two-run homer to Andre Ethier in the ninth.
The Dodgers went on to beat the Mets, 5-4, in 12 innings.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY SportsLaTroy Hawkins surrendered a ninth-inning two-run homer to Andre Ethier.
Hawkins remained highly uncomfortable after the game, wincing and pausing multiple times while standing at his locker speaking with reporters.
The 40-year-old reliever said he has never worn a cup in his lifetime.
“I have to start,” he said. “I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts. … I can walk a little bit now. But at first I couldn’t walk at all. A direct hit. Direct hit.”
He became the second Met struck in the groin without wearing a cup this year. Jordany Valdespin was drilled with a fastball from Justin Verlander during spring training.
“When I lift my leg, I can feel my [groin] in my throat, but I thought I could get through it,” Hawkins said.
As for the ensuing homer to Ethier, the next batter after getting struck, Hawkins added: “He’s a major league hitter. When you throw it down the middle, he can hit it out anywhere.”
Oh the pain: Dillon Gee also got banged up, when he slid headfirst completing a triple in the fourth. Collins, displeased with Gee’s aggressiveness, said Gee cut his left elbow and was bleeding.
“When I hit it, as I rounded first, I saw it was over there by the wall,” Gee said. “As I was getting to second, I saw he hadn’t picked it up yet. So I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just keep going.’
“Looking back, it wasn’t the smartest play probably. It was two outs. And then I make the bonehead dive into third. It was just not very smart. But really, to be honest with you, at that moment I wasn’t thinking anything. I almost felt like I was a little kid again. … It hurt for a little while because I hit my stomach really hard and it knocked the breath out of me. It’s a long time since I’ve had to slide, and it wasn’t a very good one.”
Gee said it did not affect his pitching performance.
“I was a little tired for a little bit, but I got over it pretty quick,” he said.
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