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Jonathan Lucroy says his wife is getting hate mail over the suitcase accident

It never ceases to amaze me how ridiculous and thoughtless some sports fans can be. Earlier this week, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy suffered by far one of the most bizarre injuries of the 2012 season when a suitcase fell on his hand and left him with a fracture that will take about six weeks to heal. Lucroy said he was reaching under the bed for a sock when his wife moved the suitcase and it accidentally landed on his hand. Accidents happen. Some fans either have no concept of that or simply don’t care.

During an interview with 1250 WSSP’s Chuck & Wickett that MLB.com’s Brew Beat blog shared with us, Lucroy said that his wife has had to deal with hate messages from fans because of the incident.

“It’s tough for me, because this is already a freak thing as it is,” Lucroy said. “My wife has been getting hate mail on her Facebook, like, messages and stuff. It’s really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing. I mean, she didn’t do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened.

“It’s been a battle for me, personally, because there’s no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this. It’s not like she’s not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already. I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days.”

Again, accidents happen. I can fully understand fans getting upset over injuries like this one that could have been prevented, but Lucroy’s wife feels horrible enough. The fact that certain fans feel the need to prey on her over it is infuriating.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Jonathan Lucroy hurt by suitcase, needed X-rays, out 4-6 weeks

We’ve covered nearly a hundred weird injuries here at LBS, but some are so strange they still manage to shock us. What happened to Jonathan Lucroy certainly qualifies in that category.

According to MLB.com, the Brewers catcher hurt his right hand when a suitcase fell on it. Lucroy apparently was reaching for a lost sock under his hotel room bed Sunday night when his wife shifted a suitcase that fell on his hand.

Lucroy showed up to Dodger Stadium planning to play on Monday, but he couldn’t swing the bat like usual and was set to undergo X-rays.

“I didn’t want to say anything because I don’t like not playing,” he said on Monday, per Brewers Beat. “I want to play. But I went down and took some swings and it didn’t feel good, so I had to spill it.”

Poor guy. Sometimes you just have to let those hard-to-reach socks go.

UPDATE: The X-rays revealed a fracture on his right hand and he’s out 4-6 weeks. That must have been one heavy suitcase.

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Bryce Harper bloodied himself smashing a bat, needed 10 stitches (Pictures)

Nats outfielder Bryce Harper was left bloodied and with a cut above his left eye after smashing a bat against a wall in frustration on Friday night.

Harper, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in a win over the Reds, smashed his bat in frustration after making an out in the seventh. The bat apparently bounced off the wall in the tunnel and hit him in the face, leaving him with a nasty cut above his left eye.

Harper needed 10 stitches to close the cut. He was bandaged and continued to play in the game, though he was replaced by Xavier Nady in the 9th.

“It doesn’t hurt at all,” Harper said after the game. “I feel fine. I didn’t get light-headed at all or nothing. I feel good.”

Manger Davey Johnson said Harper could miss one or two games, but according to The Washington Post, Harper insisted he wanted to play.

“I think I’m good,” Harper said. “The doctor said I could play, so I’m going to play.”

Johnson defended his rookie saying that breaking a bat in frustration is nothing new for a ballplayer. At least it wasn’t a fire extinguisher.

Here’s another look at the bloody Harper, and an image of him batting with it bandaged:

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Mark DeRosa reportedly aggravated oblique injury high-fiving Bryce Harper

With the way things are going, they may have to consider outlawing high-fives in the MLB. Hearing about absurd injuries that baseball players suffer is nothing new, but I doubt there has ever been another time where two players were injured while giving a high-five in just over a one-week span. According to the Washington Post, the latest victim is Mark DeRosa, who aggravated an injury while high-fiving teammate Bryce Harper.

DeRosa was already nursing an oblique injury prior to Sunday’s game against the Phillies, and he tweaked it again giving Harper some enthusiastic praise after the rookie managed to steal home in the first inning.

“I don’t know if that set back the rehab or not,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “But I said, ‘Why didn’t use your (right) hand?’ He said it was spur of the moment.”

If you remember, Brian McCann — who has a history of eye problems — was poked in the eye by Braves outfielder Michael Bourn when the two missed with a high-five after McCann belted a grand slam a little more than a week ago. Somebody get these guys a plastic bubble.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Matt Joyce injures ankle on crucial go-ahead home run swing (Video)

There aren’t many things that can ruin a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. With the Yankees and Rays tied 1-1 on Wednesday night, runners on the corners and two out, Rays outfielder Matt Joyce found a way. As you can see from the video above, Joyce hit what turned out to be a game-winning home run but fell like a ton of bricks on the swing. He then gingerly made his way around the bases.

“It was the worst and best feeling you can have in the span of a minute,” Joyce said after the game according to the Tampa Tribune.

I knew the phrase “no pain, no gain” made some sense, I just didn’t think it applied to the ninth inning of a baseball game.

Mariano Rivera injures knee shagging fly balls, carted off field (Updated)

From this point forward, perhaps shagging fly balls in the outfield before a game should only be mandatory for pitchers who are under the age of 42. Maybe it isn’t exactly mandatory, but tracking down balls is something some of the Yankees players like to do to warm up and stay in shape. Yankees fans are now crossing their fingers the injury Mariano Rivera suffered while taking part in this ritual wasn’t serious.

Rivera was tracking a fly ball before New York’s game against Kansas City on Thursday evening when he landed awkwardly, tumbled to the ground, and immediately grabbed for his right knee. After being examined by trainers, Rivera was taken off the field in a cart as his teammates watched in apparent shock. According to ESPNNewYork.com, Alex Rodriguez was seen reacting to the scene and saying “Oh my God. Oh my God.”

Rivera was taken for an MRI during the game and diagnosed with a twisted right knee. He was smiling as he was carted off the field, so there is some hope that the situation was more embarrassing than anything. However, Rivera reportedly could not walk under his own power outside of the Yankees clubhouse and had to be helped into the trainer’s room.

The Yankees’ closer has not spent any time on the disabled list in nine years. While the diagnosis of a twisted knee is certainly much better news than some sort of ligament damage, you have to wonder how quickly a 42-year-old player can recover. Since we’re convinced Rivera has successfully discovered the fountain of youth somewhere over the past five seasons, we wouldn’t be surprised if he was back on the mound tomorrow.

UPDATE: Joe Girardi announced that Rivera has suffered a torn ACL. He will miss the rest of 2012, and it is very likely that the injury will force him into retirement.

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Jeremy Affeldt suffers a knee injury by lifting his 4-year-old son

Some players just can’t seem to stay healthy, and Jeremy Affeldt admits he is one of those players. What makes his injury history so fascinating is the way in which he hurts himself. Last September, the Giants reliever had to shut it down for the season after he injured his hand trying to separate frozen hamburgers. Affeldt suffered another injury in his home this past weekend, this time to his right knee.

Affeldt told reporters that he returned home Saturday night after a game against the Padres and was greeted by his 4-year-old son, Walker. As he walked through the door, Affeldt says Walker leaped off the couch and into his arms. That’s when he felt a pop in his knee that would later be identified as a sprained MCL.

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