Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Fathomings

After a week of spring training, there have already been two bizarre baseball injuries.

Watch out for that towel!
The pantheon of weird baseball injuries is long and storied.  Last year, Ubaldo Jimenez landed on the DL because he broke a nail.  Mat Latos strained his "left side" while trying to stifle a sneeze.  Kendry Morales broke his leg jumping onto home plate after hitting a walkoff grand slam.  Russell Branyan's toe was mugged by a hotel room table.  Former Cubs first round pick Mark Pawelek hurt his elbow when he was blindsided by a PlaystationFormer current Cub Kerry Wood injured his "right side" when he was violently ejected from a hot tub.  Joel Zumaya hurt his throwing arm while playing the video game Guitar Hero.  Clint Barmes broke his collarbone trying to carry a package of deer meat.  Former Cub Carlos Zambrano hurt his elbow after ahem spending too much time on the internet.  Former Cub Sammy Sosa went anti-Latos and sneezed so hard that he suffered back spasms.  The list goes on and on and on and on.  Now, the odd injury hall of fame has two new inductees... 

Yankees RHP David Robertson injured his foot when he fell down the stairs moving some boxes.  He has been confined to crutches and a walking boot.  Robertson has already had an MRI and X-ray, but he is also scheduled to have a CT scan and a weight-bearing X-ray.  The severity of the injury has not yet been determined (UPDATE: looks to be a bone bruise, apparently minor), but it is not half as embarrassing as what happened to his division rival.

Rays ace David Price has sustained a minor neck spasm brought on by . . . [drumroll] . . . toweling off too vigorously!  Price says he has suffered from this previously, but that he should be fine after a good night's rest.  Manager Joe Maddon has already come up with some ideas for preventing this in the future, including having the training staff dry Price and adding fabric softener to the towel laundry.

Wow.  Whoever drafts that bum better watch out!

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