Keibert Ruiz

On Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz was hospitalized after receiving a foul ball to the groin. According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, Ruiz was admitted to the hospital after experiencing swelling testicles.

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Ben DeLuzio was injured when he fouled off a pitch from Josiah Gray in the second inning. Soon after, the ball struck Ruiz where it hurt the most—his groin.

At first, Ruiz stayed in the game, but he eventually left in the sixth. After he was replaced, the Nationals went on to an 11-6 victory. Ruiz managed just one hit in three at-bats before having to leave the game.

While Ruiz was getting checked out, the Nationals held the team bus so that he could make the trip to Philadelphia if he was given the green light. The extent of Ruiz’s injuries and how long he will be out are yet unknown.

After being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer, Ruiz is now in his second season with the Nationals. Ruiz is batting.251 with seven homers and 36 RBI through 112 games this season.

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Career

The first, stop for Ruiz in 2019: is Tulsa. He will be participating in the Texas League’s All-Star Game at the season’s midpoint. The Oklahoma City Dodgers, the organization’s Triple-A affiliate, called up Ruiz in July and sent him there. Unfortunately, in early August, he shattered his finger, therefore ending his season. He played in 85 games this year across both leagues, batting.261 with six homers and 34 RBI.

Keibert Ruiz

On August 16, 2020, Ruiz received his first Major League call-up and started at catcher in his MLB debut against the Los Angeles Angels. In his first at-bat, he went deep against the Angels’ Julio Teherán.

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Ruiz was on the Dodgers’ roster for the 2020 National League Wild Card Series but did not play in any games. His 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic, and he only got into two games. He was not included in the National League’s playoff roster for the year 2020.

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