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Padres P Andrew Cashner could miss start of season after hunting accident

The number of casualties across Major League Baseball that resulted from hunting grew on Wednesday, as the San Diego Padres announced that pitcher Andrew Cashner is likely to miss the start of the season after cutting his hand during a hunting trip. According to Padres general manager Josh Byrnes, Cashner was accidentally stabbed in the hand while he and a friend were cleaning a carcass.

Cashner needed only two stitches to close the wound, but unfortunately he suffered a severed tendon which required surgery.

“It’s a three-month recovery,” Byrnes told U-T San Diego. “The doctors don’t expect any long-term consequences. He’ll be behind. To say he’ll be ready by Opening Day is unrealistic.”

The right-hander was expected to have a legitimate shot at making the Padres starting rotation with pitchers Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, Byrnes did add that Cashner was “not plan A” to join the starting rotation.

Ironically, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum was shot in the ear by a friend while hunting earlier this week. He avoided any type of serious injury, but it is still strange to see two separate hunting accidents involving an MLB player and coach in the same week.

While slicing a tendon during a hunting trip certainly qualifies as a bizarre injury, it’s more shocking when we see athletes hurt themselves while sleeping or bowling. When guns and knives are involved, there’s always an increased risk of something bad happening.

H/T The Big Lead

Andrew Bynum reportedly further injured knees while bowling

As the Philadelphia 76ers anxiously await the debut of Andrew Bynum, they may be frustrated to learn one of the reasons why the big man’s knees have been bothering him. According to ESPN.com, Bynum may have done additional damage to his knees when he suffered an “unspecified injury” earlier this month while bowling.

Bynum said on Friday that he suffered a “setback” with his knee, but it’s unclear if that setback is related to the supposed bowling injury.

“I had a little bit of a setback, and we’re just working through some issues with the right knee,” he said before the Sixers’ win over the Utah Jazz. “I kind of have a mirror thing going on with my left knee. I don’t know what’s going on, but the doctors are saying pretty much that it’s a weakened cartilage state.”

For those of you who are wondering, bowling is not an activity that is prohibited in Bynum’s contract — or likely any other player’s for that matter. The bowling report simply adds to what has been a frustrating few months since Philadelphia pulled off a blockbuster trade in August to acquire a piece fans hope they can build a championship around.

As far as weird injuries are concerned, at least Bynum didn’t hurt himself by punching a locker or something. You might be inclined to say he shouldn’t have been bowling, but come on — it’s bowling. What could go wrong?

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
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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