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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dioner Navarro Injured by a Net. Seriously

We already knew that baseball players sustained some odd injuries. Aaron Rowand got hurt playing tag, Raul Ibanez injured himself while sleeping, and some chick even got attacked by a bird while touring Fenway Pahk. No surprise then to hear how Rays catcher Dioner Navarro landed on the 15-day DL.

Navarro was coming off the field after the second inning of the Rays’ game against the New York Yankees on Friday night when he missed a dugout step on his way to the bench. He reached for something to try to break his fall, and sliced open his hand on the netting designed to protect players from foul balls.

“I almost threw up when I saw it,” said Navarro, who got eight stitches on his ring finger and four on his middle one. “I was like, ‘Whoaaa.’ I didn’t know a piece of net could do this.”

That must be some seriously tight-wound strand to slice through his hand like that. And honestly, I thought nets only provided a hazard to deep-sea mammals. You read this stuff and then you think of Cal Ripken. Now tell me you’re not impressed.

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