Ouch! Groin injuries, like Valdespin's, are no laughing matter

Mets left fielder Jordany Valdespin reacts after being

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Mets left fielder Jordany Valdespin reacts after being hit by a pitch from Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the fifth inning. (March 11, 2013) (Credit: AP)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- When the Mets' Jordany Valdespin was hit in the "groin area" by Justin Verlander's 94-mph fastball on Monday, many in the sports, media and Twitter worlds turned into giggling 12-year-old boys -- especially after Valdespin later revealed that he was not wearing a protective cup.

Valdespin was one of those laughing -- after he got up off the dirt around home plate,...

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