Andy Murray Strained His Butt While Sleeping

Andy Murray has done it again.  Those of you who are avid LBS readers know we love using our weird injuries tag.  While unfortunate, most of the injuries are completely hilarious so we feel the need to rip on the victims.  Today, however, is a particularly special day.  Today we offer congratulations to Murray, who has become our first repeat offender.

That’s right, the same tennis player who hurt his hand playing Playstation almost exactly a year ago has suffered another bizarre injury.  This time, Murray strained his ass.  He withdrew from the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday after somehow straining his right gluteal muscle while sleeping.

“I don’t know how I did it or what it came from,” a distressed looking Murray (as you can see from the above photo) explained according to On The Go Tennis. “I’ve never had anything like this before.”

Poor guy can’t get out of his own way.  Maybe he just needs to be particularly careful with everyday activities in the weeks surrounding Halloween, because that’s when his strange injuries seem to occur.  Here’s hoping Murray’s ass makes a quick recovery so he can return to action.

Brett Cecil Injures Hand While Cleaning Out a Blender

Is it just me or do household appliances seem to get more dangerous by the day?  Growing up, my parents always worried about the usual dangers my brother and I could face such as running with scissors, playing with matches, and using electronic devices.  Now that we have entered the 21st century, it appears we need to monitor adults when they use such products as well.  Well, maybe just baseball players.

As CBSSports.com’s Eye on Baseball blog shared with us, Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil was scratched from his Friday night start against the Yankees after he injured his hand.  Simply put, Cecil could avoid a similar injury in the future by taking more caution when handling a blender.  Cecil reportedly sliced his hand while cleaning the dangerous and complicated contraption.

Someone needs to explain to me how we have seen three starting pitchers miss time due to hand lacerations this season — one with a pair of scissors, one using a knife to separate hamburger patties, and another cleaning a blender.  Did these grown men spend too much time throwing baseballs when they were younger and not enough learning basic safety?  Thank goodness our man Danny Lee already looked into it so I don’t have to.

Josh Johnson: ‘Tall Man Syndrome’ May Have Factored Into Shoulder Injury

Many analysts predicted the Marlins Josh Johnson could be one of the breakout players of the 2011 MLB season.  The 27-year-old power pitcher was coming off a 2010 season in which he struck out 186 batters in 183.2 innings.  A lack of run support led to Johnson winning only 12 games despite a phenomenal 2.30 ERA.  Johnson was cruising along this season with a 1.64 ERA through 9 starts when a shoulder injury derailed him.  He has been on the DL since May.

As he looks to return to the Marlins before the end of the season, Johnson shed some light on what may have contributed to his shoulder inflammation.  Believe it or not, the 6-foot-7-inch right hander told the Miami Herald his doctor says “tall man’s syndrome” could very well have been a contributing factor.

“It’s a matter of posture and a bunch of stuff that just kind of led up to it,” Johnson said. “Years and years of being tall, you’re always slouching down and bending over. You’re shoulder’s not in a good place. You start leaning over when you’re throwing. It snowballs.”

While shoulder soreness from tall man’s syndrome has nothing to do with clumsiness like this injury or this injury did, it is still just as intriguing.  The world can be a tough place for tall people, so I wouldn’t doubt there are things in life that could put stress on the shoulder of someone who is that tall. Being that tall also helps Johnson throw a fastball 97 mph, so it has its benefits as well.

Why do Baseball Players Constantly Suffer the Oddest Injuries?

Remember the days when a sports injury could be easily treated with a Band-Aid, a soothing balm, and large handfuls of Excedrin? Well, apparently, those days are gone, ever since baseball players have found new and inventive ways to hurt themselves, while forever cementing their reputation as the clumsiest athletes on the planet — l’eggo my ego. When Rafael Furcal injured himself tripping over rope, not only did he present himself as someone not very skilled at Parkour, but he became yet another in a long line of baseball players who appear to be protégés of Barney Fife.

It’s not as if scores of celebrities haven’t injured themselves in foolish ways, even Presidential hopefuls like Bob Dole have been known to swan dive off a stage for the public’s consumption. Stuff like that happens, especially when you fly in the face of gravity. Baseball players, though, have raised the art to a head-scratching art form.

Perhaps you chuckled when you heard Rafael Furcal, who for all intents and purposes would be labeled an athlete, had trouble navigating the velvet rope you may find at a local movie theater. Baseball provides enough fodder for the AMA to start printing a whole new manifesto.

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South Carolina QB Andrew Clifford Crashes Moped Trying to Carry a Pizza

Is it time to ban mopeds on college campuses?  If nothing else, football coaches may want to consider it.  Players are going to be dropping like flies before long if they keep putting around on these things.  Last month, a Georgia player suffered a leg injury and needed surgery after crashing his moped into a fixed object.  Now, South Carolina will have less options at quarterback for a while as a result of another moped accident.

According to WISTV, Gamecocks backup quarterback Andrew Clifford will be out for a few weeks after he had to be rushed to the hospital over the weekend when he crashed his moped.  Perhaps it is not the driving the moped part that is dangerous, however.  According to head coach and wine connoisseur Steve Spurrier, Clifford was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was carrying a pizza.  He is said to have needed stitches and suffered a concussion.

LB may not buy it, but these things can be dangerous.  We have featured a good amount of weird injuries here on LBS over the years (all of which I recommend taking a look at) and moped injuries have now made the repeat list.  When you have a variety of injuries that include bug bites and burnt fingers, any recurring themes must indicate some level of danger.

Helmet smack to Sports by Brooks Live for the story.

Matt Holliday Leaves Game After Moth Flies into His Ear

We really aren’t trying to beat this weird injury thing into the ground — honestly.  For some reason the theme just keeps coming up.  It’s like an epidemic in the MLB this year that is wiping a solid chunk of the league.  Playoff rosters should expand to 42 players instead of 40 to leave room for the bizarre injury bug.

Although you may not consider the incident Matt Holliday had last night to be an actual injury, it was arguably the strangest thing that’s ever forced a baseball player from a game.  If you thought Rafael Furcal’s tripping incident, Chris Narveson’s scissor mishap, or Chris Davis’ bedtime bruising were strange, get a load of what happened to Holliday during Monday night’s game against the Dodgers.

The Cardinals outfielder had to be removed from the game in the eighth inning after a moth flew into his right ear and became lodged in the canal.  Holliday rushed off the field pulling at his ear and appeared to be in pain.  The creepiest part about the whole thing is the moth was still alive inside his ear. Here is a video of the incident:

The Cardinals trainers brought Holliday into a dark room hoping that the moth would fly toward the light and out of his ear. No, this is not a joke.  When that didn’t work, the trainers used tweezers to reach inside his ear and pull the moth out.  It was still alive.  Naturally, Matt took the insect home for a souvenir.  Your move, Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Furcal Injures Thumb Tripping Over Rope Near Batting Cage

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.