Henderson Alvarez sidelined by infected shin caused by ingrown hair

Henderson-Alvarez-MarlinsMiami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been scratched from his first spring training start on Sunday because of an infection in his right shin. In typical spring training MLB fashion, the injury is one we have never heard of before and will likely never happen again.

Alvarez left training camp early Wednesday morning after reporters noticed him walking with a limp. Marlins manager Mike Redmond later said that the 23-year-old righthander had to be hospitalized after treatment from the team was not effective enough. What started the problem? An ingrown hair, of course.

“I think it started as an ingrown hair and got infected,” Redmond told the Miami Herald. “We were treating it, the infection. It just wasn’t getting better. We wanted to be proactive and make sure it was getting taken care of. We got in there, got it cleaned out.

“It shouldn’t affect him. He obviously won’t make the start on Sunday, but he’s pitched quite a bit. It shouldn’t affect him and his ability to bounce back. He still has plenty of time to get his pitches in and get him ramped up for Opening Day.”

Don’t you hate it when that happens? Ingrown hairs are the worst. The Marlins are lucky this didn’t happen during the regular season, otherwise the pitcher who threw a no-hitter with a walk-off wild pitch last season may not have been able to help the team on its way to not making the playoffs. They dodged a bullet there.

If incredibly bizarre injuries are your thing, we have plenty to read about here.

H/T Hardball Talk

Henderson Alvarez gets no-hitter on walk-off wild pitch (Video)

Henderson Alvarez got a no-hitter on the final game of the season thanks to one of the most bizarre endings to a no-hitter we have seen.

Henderson AlvarezThe Miami Marlins were the home team against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday and were shutout through eight innings. Although Alvarez hadn’t allowed any hits or runs, the game was scoreless and would have kept going if the Marlins didn’t score in the bottom of the ninth. But Miami had the bases loaded with two outs, and reliever Luke Putkonen threw a breaking ball that got passed catcher Brayan Pena and rolled to the backstop, allowing Giancarlo Stanton to score from third.

Thanks to the walk-off wild pitch, the Marlins won the game 1-0, allowing Alvarez to celebrate his accomplishment. Alvarez walked one and struck out four in his shutout win. He finished the season 5-6 with a 3.59 ERA.

Alvarez’s celebration was a heck of a lot more intense after the walk-off wild pitch than it was after he struck out Matt Tuiasosopo to end the top of the ninth:

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