On Aug. 21, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu underwent surgery on the “lower abdomen, groin area” according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jose Abreu update: Underwent successful outpatient surgery on lower abdomen, groin area. Will return to baseball activities in approx two weeks.
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) August 22, 2018
The details of the injury and surgery were pretty vague, until Tuesday night. And now it’s a bit more understandable why Abreu and the White Sox weren’t so specific originally!
Abreu — through a team translator — told the media on Tuesday that he had a procedure to “relieve testicular torsion.” He added that one of his testicles “turned sideways and was strangled,” and a doctor “had to perform emergency surgery to save it.”
Here’s more, from NBC Sports Chicago’s Vinnie Duber:
He’s been sidelined since late last month while recovering from a procedure to relieve testicular torsion.
“It was one of my testicles turned sideways and was strangled,” he said through a team translator. “The doctor had to perform emergency surgery to save it. I never thought about it, but it was serious. The doctors they did a very good job and everything is good. They saved the testicle. I’m really glad and thankful like I said before for all the people who helped me and who were there for me. I feel very grateful right now.”
Well that sounds pretty damn terrible, but thankfully Abreu is okay now. The veteran slugger entered this season averaging 31 dingers/year, and had 22 homers on the 2018 campaign before the injury. He hopes to be back in the White Sox lineup by the end of the week.