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Jim Edmonds, Russell Branyan Add to Weird Baseball Injuries

The extensive list of weird injuries continues to grow. Sadly, it looks like we also have a couple of repeat cases too.

Reds outfielder Jim Edmonds hit a home run on Tuesday night and hurt himself circling the bases. Edmonds thought he had popped his Achilles tendon taking his victory lap but it turns out he did not tear it. Either way, the entire spectacle was pretty strange to see, as I came across through SI Hot Clicks. Strangely enough, Edmonds isn’t the only player to hurt himself on a home run trot this year.

Even though we have frequent additions to the weird injuries list, Russell Branyan may have distinguished himself as the first two-time member of the club. The Mariners first baseman was inducted in July for hurting his toe on a coffee table in his hotel room or something like that. He has earned a second spot on the list for hurting himself in a pizza parlor. No joke. He said he was bending over to pick up his son’s flip flop when the chair underneath him went out. Apparently he fell to the ground and landed on his tailbone. Honestly, this poor guy is cursed.

You hear stories like these ones and it makes you really appreciate Cal Ripken Jr. more than you had before. Either that, or it makes you realize how much more difficult every day living is than you ever thought.

Weird Baseball Injuries Continue

Baseball players must be made of paper mache because they keep getting hurt in the strangest of ways. We’ve already seen our share of injuries that occurred as a result of celebrations gone wrong, but now we can add to our growing list of weird sports injuries. For some reason, the common thread is that three of the four strange injuries happened to pitchers. Maybe they’re just soft as we’ve pointed out before.

The first strange injury occurred last week when Russell Branyan hurt his toe. How did it happen? A coffee table landed on it and cut his foot. Or something like that. Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for the heads up on that injury.

The next weird sports injury was probably the most embarrassing. Padres young stud pitcher Mat Latos landed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his side holding back a sneeze. No joke. He says he learned the lesson that he should just let it fly next time. We sure hope he does. Somewhere Sammy Sosa is saying “I told ya.”

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