Umpire Mike Muchlinski Takes Santiago Casilla Fastball to the Groin

Athletics closer Santiago Casilla earned his fifth save of the season this afternoon, and true to form, it was anything but easy. The 29-pitch tightrope outing featured two walks, one hit batter (Max Kepler), and one cross up that could have sent home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski to the hospital.

As you can see below, Casilla and Stephen Vogt’s miscommunication led to Muchlinski’s testicles absorbing a mid-90s fastball:

Umpire takes pitch directly to the 🥜s pic.twitter.com/M2ywTurCId

— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 4, 2017

Fortunately the cup did what it was made to do and Muchlinski was able to tough out the rest of the inning.

.@MLB ump Mike Muchlinski just hit square in cup by Casilla fastball in @Athletics game. 30 second rest & back up again. What a champion!

— LaMeire College Consulting (@collegeappinfo) May 4, 2017