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Mitch Haniger

The Mariners outfielder will miss time with one of the more cringe worthy injuries of the season thus far. Haniger suffered a testicle injury that required surgery after fouling a ball off the area.

There are actually a surprising number of possible testicular injuries. The most common injury is a scrotal contusion. This injury is accompanied by pain in the area and occasionally nausea. If the force that causes the injury is more significant it can lead to an excessive buildup of fluid known as a hydrocele. If the resulting swelling is caused by damage to the main veins located in the testicles, it is classified as a varicocele. Finally, a hematocele can occur if the bundle of veins ruptures and blood quickly accumulates in the area. This is likely the injury sustained by Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina last season.

Another possible testicular injury occurs if the spermatic cord is involved. If the testicle rotates it can twists the spermatic cord. As the cord rotates, the blood supply to the area becomes impinged and the area swells. If the swelling occurs over an extended period of time, the affected individual runs the risk of losing the testicle. Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu underwent surgery last August for a case of testicular torsion. 

A testicular rupture is the most extreme type of injury to the area and, unfortunately, the one Haniger appears to have suffered. The injury presents with scrotal swelling but also includes the contents of

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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