Brace yourselves, the spring training flu has carried over into the regular season. San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night after he injured his finger while — wait for it — making a sandwich.
Could we really make this stuff up? Rick Eymer of MLB.com was told that Cain sliced his right index finger in the clubhouse kitchen at AT&T park before pregame batting practice. Long reliever Yusmeiro Petit got the start in his place and pitched well.
“Hopefully it is not a big deal,” Cain said San Francisco’s 6-0 victory. “Petit did a great job. He gave us a lift. To have a guy like him in the bullpen is a huge asset.”
Cain said he was cutting a sandwich in half when when the knife fell and he tried to grab it before it hit the floor. I’ve been there before, but all I ended up with was a handful of mayonnaise. Fortunately, Cain didn’t need stitches. He joked that he deserved the injury after making fun of fellow pitcher Jeremy Affeldt when he had his own incident with a knife a few years back.
“(Affeldt) had a lot of fun with it,” Cain said. “Considering how much I let him have it, it’s my turn to feel like an idiot.”
Affeldt, who also injured his knee while picking up his son a couple of years ago, is no stranger to bizarre injuries. He said that Cain should feel stupid considering how much he made fun of him.
God bless baseball.
H/T SI Hot Clicks