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Lucas Duda fractured his wrist moving furniture

New York Mets outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his wrist while moving furniture at his apartment last month, the team announced on Tuesday, and they weren’t even joking about it.

Duda, who hit 15 home runs and had a .718 OPS last season, had surgery in Manhattan Monday to repair the fracture. The team expects him to be ready for Spring Training.

Now the obvious question is whether or not the team (or Duda) is being truthful about the injury. Did he really fracture his wrist moving furniture? How would that even happen? He drop a classical piano on it? Smash it into a wall on a sharp turn walking a couch up the stairs? I could certainly understand it if he strained his neck or back moving furniture, but fracturing his wrist? That’s a tough one to believe.

The next point to be made is that why was a major leaguer moving his own heavy furniture? Unless this was a Jonathan Lucroy situation where he had a piece of furniture dropped on him, I’d be suspicious about how and why it happened. Jeff Kent washing his SUV thinks this is a strange story.

Kevin Love reportedly broke his hand doing knuckle pushups

Kevin Love has had an injury-ridden preseason thus far, and the latest will result in him missing a good portion of the regular season. Earlier this week, Love had to sit out a preseason game against the Bulls because he was battling a sore elbow after sleeping the wrong way. Then he broke his hand. That injury also occurred off the court, and Love is expected to miss five to eight weeks because of it.

According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, Love broke his hand while doing knuckle pushups. He was supposedly working out with a trainer at his condo complex before Timberwolves practice when the injury occurred.

Krawczynski also said that head coach Rick Adelman joked that knuckle pushups are now banned as a form of exercise. While Adelman was kidding, he has to be disappointed that his best player suffered an injury like that so close to the season and it didn’t even happen on the court. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune said that fingertip pushups are a known part of Love’s workout routine, so the story makes sense.

As we know, things happen. Assuming love is telling the truth, you can’t be upset with him in the same way you would with someone who broke their hand by punching a door or suffered a gnarly gash like this one from slamming a fire extinguisher. Accidents happen — this one just happens to hurt Minnesota in a serious way.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk
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Kevin Love says he injured his elbow while sleeping

Kevin Love sat out the Timberwolves preseason game against the Bulls on Saturday because of a sore right elbow. Injuries are common during the preseason when guys are getting back into the swing of things and may not be in the best shape of their lives, but they typically happen on the court or in the weight room. Love told the Star Tribune that his injury occurred in the middle of the night.

Love didn’t bang it or hyperextend it while playing only the first quarter Friday in Indianapolis. No, he instead slept with his right arm extended off his bed all night Friday and when he awoke Saturday morning, he said he could barely lift a basketball.

“I couldn’t shoot it 10 feet,” he said.

But wait, Kevin doesn’t play baseball? Usually most of the weird injuries in sports happen to the guys who swing bats for a living, whether it be missing games because of an injury suffered while napping on the plane of dozing off on the bus. As tennis star Andy Murray could tell you, sleeping is also a way to injure you’re rear end.

Fortunately for the ‘Wolves, the injury is not believed to be serious and we’re only talking about preseason basketball. When the regular season starts, I’m sure Kevin will focus on tucking his arm away in a safer manner.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk
Photo credit: Steve Dykes/US Presswire

Max Scherzer injures ankle celebrating Tigers clinching AL Central

Year after year, I watch baseball teams celebrating their postseason berths and division crowns and wonder how more people don’t get hurt. Between champagne and beer flowing everywhere and 40-man pig piles in the middle of the field, it’s a mystery how more players don’t break bones or tear ligaments. Unfortunately for Tigers fans, their team was unable to escape its AL Central-clinching celebration without injury.

Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer will reportedly miss his final start of the season on Wednesday after tweaking his ankle during Detroit’s celebration on Monday night. Manager Jim Leyland told reporters someone stepped on Scherzer during the festivities.

“This is a slightly twisted ankle,” Leyland explained. “You know, swollen, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. But it’s obviously serious enough that he won’t pitch tomorrow.”

Scherzer had missed his previous scheduled start because of a sore right shoulder, and the plan was to have him throw five innings on Wednesday to test it out. Leyland said Scherzer felt great while throwing off of flat ground on Tuesday and that the ball was “flying out of his hand.”

While Leyland did everything he could to downplay the injury and not cause a panic, it is obviously a concern for the Tigers. Scherzer was one of the better pitchers in the AL this season, finishing with a 16-7 record and 3.82 ERA. His 228 strikeouts were third-best in the AL, so Detroit obviously needs him in the postseason.

As fellow ballplayers like this one and this one could tell Scherzer, celebration injuries are an unintended consequence that are not fun to deal with.

UPDATE: Per Hardball Talk, Scherzer apparently woke up feeling fine on Wednesday and was penciled back in for his start against the Royals. Obviously good news for Tigers fans regarding the ankle. The issue to monitor now will be how his shoulder responds.

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Steve Blake reportedly suffers foot injury by stepping on a parking lot spike strip

Someone needs to tell Steve Blake that those parking lot spike strips may only be able to puncture your car tires if you drive over them the wrong way, but they can puncture your foot no matter how you walk on them. Sharp objects have a tendency to do that.

According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, the Lakers announced Monday that Blake will be out of action for three weeks after he stepped on one of those spike strip thingies and popped a hole in the bottom of his foot. Our guess is he wasn’t paying attention, otherwise I’m not really sure how you would miss one of those things. They’re pretty obvious when you’re driving, so I would think they would be just as easy to see while strolling along on foot.

Unless he was walking barefoot like this Ohio State player who cut his foot and needed surgery, you have chalk this up as some pretty bad luck for a guy who has had plenty of it on the court since the Lakers signed him. It’s not like he punched something in frustration after a meaningless game.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Buffalo RB James Potts suffers potentially serious injury while celebrating (Video)

Typically when players suffer injuries while celebrating we bash them for not using caution and acting recklessly. While that is true much of the time, it was not the case with Buffalo University backup running back James Potts.

During Saturday’s game against Morgan State, Potts scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and broke into a slight gallop and a hop. As you can see from the video above, he instantly grabbed for his knee.

“The James Potts situation right now is we’re getting a full workup on him and unfortunately it doesn’t look good at this point,” Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn told The Buffalo News on Monday. “I know we’ll be losing him for the next game (Sept. 19 against visiting Kent State) and maybe multiple games and potentially, who knows, it may be the whole season.”

Potts has battled back from missing last season due to academic issues, and the touchdown was only his second touch at the college level. When we see guys go down because they’re hopping over railings or jumping up and down, we usually take the “what do you expect?” stance. What happened to Potts is bad luck at its finest.

UPDATE: Buffalo’s student newspaper confirmed that Potts has a torn ACL and is out for the season.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Rays’ Sean Rodriguez breaks hand punching locker days before being called up

If Sean Rodriguez could turn the clock back to Sunday morning, he certainly would. The Rays infielder has been spending time with the team’s Triple-A club in Durham, but he was set to be called back up to the majors on Sept. 1 when teams expand their rosters. Because of a lapse in judgment over the weekend, that won’t be happening.

Rodriguez punched a locker in frustration after Durham’s game on Sunday and fractured his hand. The injury could cost him the rest of the season.

“It was obviously stupid and immature,” he said by phone Monday according to the Tampa Tribune. “I’m just hoping it doesn’t affect the team too much. The minute it happened I regretted it. It was just dumb. It is inexcusable.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understands why a player might get upset — especially after spending time in the minors — but added that it is “unfortunate” he decided to hit something.

“It’s too bad because he fits really well right now,” Maddon said. “We sent him down with specific ideas and instructions, what to work on regarding coming back and when he was coming back. It was all set up. Everything was there and it’s just unfortunate that this happened.”

It’s a shame, but this is becoming an extremely common story across the MLB. We already saw a Red Sox outfielder cut his season short by punching something and Hanley Ramirez give everyone a scare by taking his frustrations out on a cooling fan. For someone like Rodriguez who is 27 years old and looking to establish himself as a viable major leaguer, not being able to control your temper can alter a career path.

Fist bump to FOX Sports Florida’s Dave Scheiber