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Jurickson Profar aggravated shoulder injury rolling out of bed

Jurickson-Profar-RangersJurickson Profar has not appeared in a game yet this season for the Texas Rangers, and from the sound of it the 21-year-old shortstop will not be returning any time soon. Profar was ruled out for 10-12 weeks after tearing a muscle in his shoulder back in March. On Thursday, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he could miss another 8-12 weeks after aggravating the injury.

Profar recently began playing in extended spring training games, but Daniels said he is not believed to have tweaked his shoulder on the baseball diamond. Instead, it was more of a “baseball” injury — if you know what we mean.

The bad news about Profar came on the same day it was announced that Prince Fielder could miss the remainder of the season after having a neck procedure, so Rangers fans are likely feeling a bit anxious.

Don’t feel bad, Jurickson. You’re not the only professional athlete to fall victim to the mattress.

Giants P Santiago Casilla injures himself trying to beat out infield single (GIF)

Santiago-Casilla-wipes-outLike most other relief pitchers, Santiago Casilla has had very few at-bats during his career. On Thursday night, the San Francisco Giants righthander experienced the fifth plate appearance of his career and first since 2012. The Giants probably wish they replaced him with a pinch hitter.

With San Francisco leading 5-1, Casilla chopped a ground ball up the middle. He was desperate to pick up his second hit ever, so he sprinted down the first base line and tried to beat the throw. Not only was he unsuccessful, but Casilla fell as he was running through the bag. That’s when this happened.

To make matters more frustrating, Bruce Bochy said he instructed Casilla not to swing at all during his plate appearance. Sometimes managers know what they’re talking about.

Ironically, Casilla is the same guy who walked on four pitches in one of the most pathetic at-bats you will ever see a few years back. Maybe he’s still trying to compensate for that.

GIF via Deadspin

Matt Cain injured his finger while making a sandwich

SandwichBrace 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

Angels hitting coach Don Baylor suffers nasty leg injury catching first pitch (Video)

We have seen some first pitch ceremonies go horribly wrong across Major League Baseball (we’re looking at you, John Wall) over the years, but what happened to Los Angeles Angels coach Don Baylor last night is totally unprecedented. Baylor was catching the first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero when he somehow broke his leg.

Everything looked normal at first, with Baylor getting down on one knee awaiting the delivery from Vlad. Then, his right leg gave out and twisted under him in a way that will make you cringe. Baylor tried to get up and walk it off, but his leg buckled again.

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Adrian Gonzalez injured his back while sightseeing

Adrian-Gonzalez-backAdrian Gonzlaez may be enjoying his time in Australia a little too much. The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman left Thursday’s exhibition game against Team Australia with tightness in his back. He thinks the injury stems from walking around Sydney and sightseeing.

“I need to rest, get off my feet,” Gonzalez said, per MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. “I’ve done a lot of walking around the city. I’ll be good [for Saturday night]. I’m positive I’ll feel better tomorrow.”

The Dodgers open up the MLB regular season with a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia this weekend. Gonzalez is confident he will be ready to go by then. He was removed from Thursday’s game in the fourth inning after an at-bat where he appeared uncomfortable and grabbed at his lower back.

“It actually got tighter,” he said. “I swung at a pitch in the second at-bat, and it didn’t feel good. I finished the at-bat because I didn’t want to take myself out of the game in the middle of the at-bat.”

As for the type of sightseeing the All-Star slugger has been doing, the Dodgers gave us an example of that earlier this week.

After seeing that photo, I can’t help but think it was worth it for Gonzo to suffer a minor back injury. The weird injuries are piling up at an unbelievable rate this offseason anyway. At least he got to hang out with a group of guys wearing grape-smugglers.

Josh Beckett reportedly injured thumb by catching it in a door

Josh-Beckett-DodgersLook, we know weird injuries are an important part of baseball culture. It wouldn’t be spring training without hangnails, pitching machine incidents, or sliced fingers. But is it just me or does this year already seem worse than ever? Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is the latest victim.

Beckett could miss his scheduled start on Friday as he continues to recover from a sprained thumb. A thumb injury is nothing unusual for a pitcher, but the way it happened is what makes Beckett’s injury such a classic spring training debacle. Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported that Beckett caught his thumb in a set of doors leading to the clubhouse a little over a week ago.

“I come back from thoracic outlet syndrome and this is what I’m dealing with,” Beckett said.

The 34-year-old righthander had a bullpen session on Tuesday but said he is still having trouble gripping the ball. Beckett made just eight starts last season for the Dodgers because of injuries, compiling an 0-5 record and a 5.19 ERA. He hopes to be ready when the team comes back home after playing in Australia.

As we know, Beckett is not the only pitcher to have bad luck with clumsiness this offseason. Jake Peavy lost a battle with a fishing knife, Francisco Rodriguez hurt his foot by stepping on a cactus, and Hisashi Iwakuma injured his finger by catching it on a pitching net. Like I’ve said before, these guys really could use a plastic bubble.

H/T Hardball Talk

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