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

Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney headed to DL after breaking pinkie punching door

When will they learn? All too often when professional athletes are angry with themselves for letting their teams down, they let them down even more by injuring themselves in frustration. The latest victim (culprit?) is Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who is reportedly expected to miss eight weeks after breaking his pinkie on Monday night by punching a door in the dugout.

After Tigers second baseman Omar Infante made a diving catch to rob him of a hit in the bottom of the eighth — capping off an 0-for-4 night — Sweeney took his frustrations out on a door.

“I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit,” Sweeney after the game according to the Boston Globe. “I’ve done (it) before, but maybe not to this extent. I’ve never broken my hand before, so I don’t know what that feels like. I know it hurts a little bit right now.”

It sounds like he punched the door more than just “a little bit.” The Red Sox have battled injuries all season as they continue to float around the .500-mark, so the last thing they need is players knocking themselves out for an extended period of time because they can’t control their temper. Sweeney says he feels “terrible” and like he let the team down, and that’s exactly what he has done to an already thin roster.

Earlier this season, Hanley Ramirez had to miss time after punching a cooling fan in the dugout in frustration. After seeing some injuries like this gruesome one that Amar’e Stoudemire suffered during the playoffs, you would think guys would use extra caution. I guess there are times when adrenaline just can’t be controlled.

Adrian Gonzalez hurt his back greeting a kid

Adrian Gonzalez missed Saturday’s Red Sox-Rays game after his back tightened when he bent over to greet a child at the mall on Friday. You can’t make this stuff up.

Gonzalez told reporters he was at a mall in Tampa next to the team’s hotel when he ran into a family with kids.

“I bent over to say ‘Hi,’ to one of the kids and when I came out of that, it locked up on me,” Gonzalez said, per CSN New England’s Sean McAdam. “I tried to get treatment, to go out there and move around, but it wasn’t feeling any better.”

Gonzalez said he told manager Bobby Valentine that he could play on Saturday, but Valentine and the trainers agreed there was no point to rush him. He returned on Sunday, going 2-for-4 in Boston’s 7-3 win over the Rays.

We know backs are extremely sensitive and that they can be “thrown out” at any time (even when reaching for pancakes at breakfast), but how bad does it sound to say that you’re missing a game after hurting yourself greeting kids? That’s pretty embarrassing.

If Gonzalez goes through our entire “weird injuries” archive, at least he’ll find out that he’s not alone. There are many more embarrassing tales in there.

Hanley Ramirez suffers cut on his hand hitting an electric fan in frustration

The Marlins’ season has officially gotten so frustrating that players are injuring themselves. Hanley Ramirez is currently in a 2-for-22 slump, and he is not happy with himself. During the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals — one that ended with another blown save from Heath Bell — Hanley punched a cooling fan in the dugout after grounding out. He needed two stitches on his knuckle, but the team is optimistic he will be fine for the second half.

Hanley said he punched the fan because he “got mad” and is upset with his lack of production. As you can imagine, Ozzie Guillen was not happy with his third baseman’s reaction.

“Very stupid injury, very immature,” Guillen said after the game according to the Miami Herald. “You’re going to hurt yourself because you can’t hit? Good hitters don’t do that. Good hitters battle back and try to get better. Your injury doesn’t just hurt yourself, you hurt your ball club.

“I don’t pay attention to stupidities. That made me mad. Players get hurt for no reason — hitting stuff. That’s very childish. We’re not kids. We’re grown people. When you struggle and you’re a great player you have to try and be better. To be honest with you I didn’t even ask him, I was so disappointed. We built this ballclub around him. This is the man in this ballclub and I never criticized Hanley Ramirez for not having the season we thought he had, but I will for hurting himself.”

You certainly can’t blame Ozzie for being furious. After seeing the horrible injury Amar’e Stoudemire suffered by doing something similar, it’s a shame athletes don’t learn from situations like that and think before they act. Hand injuries that are the result of clumsiness and stem from cleaning out a blender or trying to cut strings off your glove are tough to avoid. Cutting your finger by punching something isn’t.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Stephen Garcia reportedly injured his fingers flashing the peace sign

Since Stephen Garcia could not manage to stay out of trouble at South Carolina and never lived up to his potential, his post-college career is set to begin in the CFL. He is the fourth quarterback on the roster, so it’s safe to say the Montreal Alouettes are not expecting huge things from the former Gamecock. In any event, Garcia started his tenure with the team by being placed on the one-game injured list last week after he hurt his fingers. But this was not just any finger injury.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Garcia injured his two fingers by flashing the peace sign when he got off the team bus. This may be some sort of brilliant joke that the Alouettes are playing on the public, but if so they are not letting on.

That’s literally all the report says aside from some stuff about how Garcia was suspended five times during his days at South Carolina. We already knew all that, so let’s focus on the real story here. How the hell does someone injure their fingers giving the peace sign? Was it the most agressive peace sign flashing known to mankind? Did someone who doesn’t like peace grab his fingers and twist them? Was he drunk? Okay, that’s a cheap shot, but we can’t really rule anything out when it comes to hurting your fingers by throwing your deuce up.

And we thought this ridiculous list of injuries was entertaining.

H/T Lost Lettermen
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Ohio State RB Jordan Hall needs surgery after cutting foot walking through grass

College athletes need to learn to take better care of their feet. If Lieutenant Dan from “Forrest Gump” heard some of the injury stories we have shared with you over the past year or so, he’d probably have a panic attack. The latest NCAA foot injury victim is Ohio State senior running back Jordan Hall, who recently underwent surgery after suffering a bad cut while walking through grass on campus. Hall reportedly stepped on a piece of glass. University officials say he could miss about 10 weeks.

“This is an unfortunate accident to a really fine young man,” OSU head coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s handling things well, though. He’ll be in a non-weight bearing cast for about six weeks and then he’ll rehabilitate the injury for at least four weeks after that.”

If you remember, Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman broke his foot over the winter simply by walking. Last November, a UCLA basketball player was sidelined after he cut his foot during a snorkeling excursion.

The Buckeyes are transitioning to a new offense under Meyer, and Hall was expected to see an expanded role after gaining 405 yards rushing on 99 attempts last season. If the recovery timeline is accurate, he will miss at least two regular season games.

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Antonio Bastardo fought a squat machine, and the squat machine won

Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo was unavailable to pitch on Friday night, and he has a bizarre reason why.

Bastardo apparently was ticked off after allowing three runs (two charged to starter Cole Hamels) in relief against the Twins on Wednesday. The reliever took out his frustration on a squat machine, and Philly.com’s Matt Gelb says the squat machine “returned the favor,” whatever that means.

Bastardo reportedly ended up with a cut over his left eye, and the eye was nearly swollen shut on Friday.

So that’s why he couldn’t pitch and why he may need a few more days to recover. The good news for Bastardo is that at least he’s now in the same category as Bryce Harper when it comes to self-inflicted injuries.