Atlanta Braves infielder Paul Janish recently lost a battle in the weight room. And not the type of battle where you try to bench press 350 and can only get 325; he lost the type of battle where a weight falls off the rack and drills you in the nose.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Janish was working out last Friday when a 45-pound weight fell off a squat rack and hit him in the face.
“It was a freak deal,” Janish explained. “I’ve had some stitches, but it’s not bad. It doesn’t affect anything so long as I don’t get hit in the nose again. It’s just a little uncomfortable. It’s all right.”
Janish is a utility man who appeared in 52 games this season, mostly as a late-inning replacement. He hit only .171 and drove in just two runs, so the Braves haven’t exactly missed his bat. However, he is currently the only backup infielder on Atlanta’s roster. Fortunately for Atlanta, Janish said the injury is not one that would keep him out.
Our consistently-growing list of weird injuries features a number of baseball bumps and bruises and funny mishaps, but taking a 45-pound dumbbell to the face is no laughing matter.
H/T Hardball Talk