On June 12, Juan Uribe was an unfortunate victim of a ground ball to the groin. The Indians’ third baseman admittedly doesn’t wear a cup, which would have mitigated some of the pain. He said, “I don’t think the trainers have my size,” as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reported.
Uribe was out of action for four games and returned on Saturday, homering in the Indians’ 13-2 win over the White Sox. He homered again on Sunday, helping the Indians polish off a series sweep. He made it three in a row, homering in Monday’s victory over the Rays. And on Tuesday? Yep, he made it four in a row, helping the Indians to a 6-0 shutout of the Rays.
The Indians have now won five games in a row, opening up a two-game lead over the second-place Royals. Meanwhile, Uribe has brought his batting line up to .236/.288/.385 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 191 plate appearances.
Hopefully, Uribe’s recent success doesn’t start a trend of players intentionally taking grounders to the family jewels in order to discover (or rediscover) their power swing.