Damn, that was quick. When Rafael Nadal suffered a childish injury just a few shorts days ago, we were expressing how relieved we are that MLB athletes aren’t the only ones who suffer from strange injuries. It took less than a week for baseball players to get themselves back into the mix. Coincidentally, the latest victim is another Rafael — one whose name rhymes with Nadal’s.
According to Hardball Talk via Buster Olney on Twitter, Cardinals infielder Rafael Furcal sprained his thumb before Sunday night’s game against the Cubs and was removed from the lineup. Furcal reportedly suffered the injury during warm-ups, but not while playing baseball. Instead he hurt it tripping over a rope near the batting cage at Wrigley Field.
Olney did not specify which thumb Furcal injured, but we should note that he already missed six weeks earlier this season with a broken thumb on his left hand.
Furcal’s injury marks the third time in under two weeks that a baseball player has hurt himself off the field. First Chris Narveson had a mishap with scissors, then Chris Davis landed on the DL after sleeping wrong. Now, Furcal trips over a rope. As a result of the frequency of these occurrences, I’m fresh out of witty things to say.