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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.

Aubrey Huff suffers knee injury celebrating Matt Cain’s perfect game

This seems to happen all the time in professional baseball, but we never tire of talking about it. Once again, an MLB player has managed to injure himself during a celebration. Wednesday night’s victim was Aubrey Huff, and he fell at the hands of Matt Cain’s perfect game.

According to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Rael Enteen, Huff has an MRI scheduled for his knee and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy has not ruled out a trip to the disabled list for his first baseman. As you can see from the animation above that SB Nation passed along, Huff took a tumble jumping over the dugout railing after the final out of the game.

With plays like this one over the course of the historic evening, it’s easy to understand why Huff was overflowing with excitement. Believe it or not — and I’m sure it’s easy to believe now given how many times this has happened — Huff’s injury is the second celebration injury in baseball this month. Just a couple of weeks ago, Mets reliever Ramon Hernandez injured his hamstring sprinting to the celebration pile after Johan Santana’s no hitter.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: somebody get these guys a plastic bubble.

H/T Hardball Talk

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
Photo credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

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.

Photo credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

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
Photo credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

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.