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Dansby Swanson Has to Leave Game After Taking Warmup Throw to the Junk [Video]

It hasn’t been a good season for the Atlanta Braves. They aren’t winning baseball games and they missed out on the Tim Tebow sweepstakes. Through it all, the only thing giving fans hope was the promise of superstar shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson.

As the future of the franchise, he must be protected at all costs, which means he probably shouldn’t be milling behind the pitcher’s mound between innings while paying no attention to what’s going on.

Swanson’s unfortunate placement put him in position to take an errant return throw from Tyler Flowers to the groin. His injury was significant enough to knock him out of the game.

“That’s unfortunate but you don’t stand behind anybody when they are playing catch,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It got him good, too. I think he will be all right.”

Painful lesson.

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