May 26, 2021

Injury Of The Month

Zach Plesac is on the injured list with a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said yesterday that his pitcher was injured while "probably rather aggressively ripping off his shirt" and catching his thumb on a chair in the locker room. ("Probably"?)
Some other uncommon injuries to baseball players are here and here, including:

Sammy Sosa of the Cubs sprained a ligament in his lower back after sneezing too hard. (2004)

Clint Barmes of the Rockies fell and broke his collarbone while carrying a package of deer meat (from teammate Todd Helton). (2005)

Tigers catcher Brandon Inge pulled an oblique muscle while adjusting a pillow for his three-year-old son. (2008)

After hitting a walk-off grand slam for the Angels, Kendrys Morales jumped in the middle of his teammates' celebration at home plate . . . and broke his left leg. (2010)

Rickey Henderson suffered frostbite on his left foot when he fell asleep on an ice pack. (1993)

Baltimore's Marty Cordova dozed off in a tanning bed and sunburned his face. (2002)

Then-minor league pitcher Steve Sparks attempted to rip a telephone book in half . . . and dislocated his left shoulder. (1994)

Not baseball, but . . . in 2012, Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner suffered back spasms while eating pancakes. (He missed only one game, though.)

5 comments:

Unknown said...

We should not forget Glennallen Hill's 1990 trip to the DL.
"Hill landed himself on the disabled list because he woke from a nightmare about spiders chasing him, and in a frightened semiconscious state, he fell through a glass table and suffered scrapes and bruises on his feet, knees and elbows."
(per Ian Hunter's story in his BlueJayHunter blog)

wallythe24 said...

To add to your amusing list , some years ago English goalkeeper Dave Beasant severed a tendon in his big toe by dropping a bottle of salad cream on it.

Shawn K said...

I vaguely remember Wade Boggs tweaking his back while taking off his cowboy boots.

Dr. Jeff said...

What about Bob "The Gardener" Ojeda?
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-09-22-sp-3384-story.html

New York Mets left-hander Bob Ojeda underwent successful surgery Wednesday after he nearly severed the upper third of his left index finger with an electric hedge clipper in a gardening accident at his Long Island home.

PK said...

I’m late to this one but I remember a lot of weird ones in 2010 including Chris Coghlan tearing a meniscus trying to pie a teammate in the face.

Some of these I just don’t believe at all.