Lars Nootbaar was forced to exit the game against the Oakland Athletics after fouling off a ball that hit him in the worst imaginable spot. One can probably have a good idea of what that means.
He attempted to tough it out and stay in the game but was soon forced to exit, leaving with trainers.
Being down six runs to the Athletics is a tough enough spot to be in, there was no need to add in a low blow. Seemingly nothing can go right for the Cardinals in 2023.
Jomboy Media shared a video of the play on Twitter that exemplifies every guy's worst fears:
"Nootbaar fouled off a pitch that got him down there. He tried to stay in but just left the game with trainers" - Jomboy Media
Based on the video this is likely a short-term injury. The fact that he even tried to remain in the game at all is commendable.
Lars Nootbaar has been one of the few bright spots in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup
However, he has been a revelation this season. Coming off a brilliant showing in the World Baseball Classic, Lars Nootbaar hit the ground running.
"Lars Nootbaar since July 1:... He’s on a 33 home run/125 runs scored season-long pace during that time frame. Kid can play" - MLB Deadline News
In 2023, he has a batting average of .282 and 12 home runs, both on pace to be his career best. His consistent offensive presence has saved the St. Louis Cardinals from falling even farther down the standings than they could have.