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.

Rafael Nadal Burns Fingers on Plate at Japanese Steakhouse

Finally — a bizarre injury that does not involve a baseball player.  We have had our fair share of them in the past, but lately it seems as if MLB players are cursed when it comes to non-sports related injuries.  That was until Rafael Nadal decided to recklessly dine out at a Japanese steakhouse.

According to our friends at Busted Racquet, Nadal burned his hand on a hot plate this week at a hibachi style Japanese restaurant.  If any of you have ever eaten at such a place, you know they make it a point to warn you that the grill surface is hot and to keep your hands away from it.  That warning also applies to plates that have been sitting on the grill.

Nadal’s trainers thought he was joking about the incident until he showed them the blisters on the middle and index fingers of his right hand.  Fortunately Nadal is a lefty and will not miss any time with the injury, but he has had to wear large bandages on his weak hand during play at the Western & Southern Open.

Maybe these pro athletes need to go back to some sort of grade school program?  They could offer classes in pumpkin carving for Brad Gruner, fixing your baseball glove 101 for Chris Narveson, and playing video games for Andy Murray.  Just a thought.

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Orioles’ Chris Davis Headed to DL After Sleeping on Shoulder Wrong

The sooner baseball players start taking their health more seriously, the sooner we can stop talking about weird and embarrassing injuries.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve slept weirdly and woken up with soreness.  But I’ve never wound up on the DL because of it.  In fact my neck hurts from the way I slept last night and here I am staring at a computer screen.  The blogosphere don’t sleep.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles placed first baseman Chris Davis on the disabled list with a shoulder strain Tuesday.  Davis aggravated the injury when he slept on his shoulder wrong in Kansas City, and an MRI revealed wear and tear on his labrum and rotator cuff.  He could miss the rest of the season, which is especially unfortunate since the Orioles acquired him in a trade with the Rangers only a month ago.

Like Carlos Zambrano before him, Davis made his injury worse with an everyday activity.  Davis’ injury adds to an insane list of freak injuries we’ve had in the MLB since spring training.  Alcides Escobar learned the value of bug spray and Scott Downs found out the hard way that his kids are tougher than him.  Chris Narveson even got a lesson in how to properly use a pair of scissors.  Is the world out to get these guys or what?  At the end of the day they just need to be thankful none of them wound up with a pool cue up their ass.

H/T to SI Hot Clicks for the story.

Chris Narveson to Miss a Start After Slicing Hand with Scissors

On the bright side: that’s better than a blister problem, right?  For pitchers, blisters can be a recurring thing and stick around for an entire season or career.  Fortunately for Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson, cutting yourself with a pair of scissors is not likely to be an injury that will stay with you for an extended period of time — granted you learn how to use them properly.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Narveson will miss at least one start after slicing his thumb with a pair of scissors while trying to fix some laces on his glove.  The wound required eight stitches, which is a good amount for a single finger.

“I was just fixing my glove,” he explained. “I guess the screw on the end of the thing between the scissors was sticking through the bolt a little bit, I had my thumb up there and ran it across. Next thing, I look down and I’ve got a gash in my thumb. The doctor was here and he was able to come up and stitch it up right away, so we got it taken care of. Now, it’s how fast can you heal?

Weird injuries happen all across sports, but for some reason they seem to be most entertaining in baseball.  If you recall, Alcides Escobar once missed a spring training game because a bug bit him.  Scott Downs suffered a broken toe because he was horsing around with his kids.  Carlos Zambrano needs to learn how to position himself while watching late night TV.  And we all remember the run-in Chris Dickerson had with a revolving door.  Perhaps these guys are a bit more fragile than the rest?

Thanks to Hardball Talk for the story.

Georgia’s Derrick Lott Out 4-6 Weeks After Scooter Accident

For those of you who missed me a few weeks back, I was busy buzzing around Bermuda on a scooter endangering the life of my fiancee.  While I say that sarcastically, those things really are dangerous — especially in a country with different traffic rules.  Having ridden one before, I completely understand how a player like Georgia’s Derrick Lott could suffer an injury while using one.

Lott is said to have suffered a lower leg injury that required surgery after he crashed his scooter into a fixed object, as UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson shared with the Atlanta-Journal Constituion on Wednesday.  We have featured our fair share of weird injuries on LBS including this one, this one, and this one, but I must admit Lott’s is a bit more understandable.

That being said, injuries like this show us why professional athletes’ contracts have become much more detailed in recent years with regard to motorcycles.  Scooters have been a problem for Georgia for quite some time now, with baseball player Chance Veazey having been paralyzed from the waist down in a 2009 accident.

Should athletes not ride scooters because of the risk?  I guess you could say they should never leave their house if you want to argue that, but it certainly doesn’t help.

Carlos Zambrano Injures Neck Watching Late-Night TV

If I were to tell you Carlos Zambrano suffered a non-baseball injury, you would probably think he did something stupid. Maybe you’d figure he got into a fight or punched a wall because he got a question wrong in a game of trivia.  Baseball fans are very aware of Zambrano’s anger management issues, even if he claims to have gotten them under control.  However, his latest injury — a stiff neck — actually sprung up while Carlos was relaxing, if you can believe that.

As we know, weird injuries are a part of professional sports no matter how frustrating they may be.  Guys like Alcides Escobar miss spring training because of bug bites while others like Scott Downs get hurt playing with their kids.  The Shawn Marions of the world even manage to hurt themselves walking into a glass door.  According to the Chicago Tribune via Ben Maller, Zambrano has been battling a stiff neck as a result of his poor posture while watching late-night television.

“I watch TV with my head on the pillow and the chiropractor told me to sit on my back and not my shoulder,” Zambrano said. “I have a little knot. With treatment it will go away. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me. It’s nothing to worry about.”

Fortunately, Big Z will not miss a start for the Cubs.  Not only do they need his arm, but his bat has been helping the team as of late.  Zambrano picked up a win for Chicago on Thursday and recorded three hits.  My advice to the (former?) hot head: less Jimmy Kimmel and a few more z’s.

Shawn Marion Cut Himself Walking into a Glass Door

Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was lucky he didn’t have the difficult assignment of guarding Kobe Bryant for all of Game 1 Monday night. From the sounds of things, he has much more simple tasks to worry about.

Marion was sporting a noticeable cut above his right eyelid that required a few stitches. Marion explained he hurt himself leaving the hotel Friday morning after Dallas closed out their first-round series against Portland.

“I got into a battle with a glass door and the glass door won,” Marion said. “Dead serious. It was an accident. I was in a rush trying to get on the bus and I slipped and I had my glasses on and I cut my eye.”

So he got cut because his glasses broke. Non-prescription fashion statement glasses.

Even though Marion loses points for wearing pointless glasses, he regained them by getting stitched up by a team doctor on the plane. That’s pretty hard, Shawn, but it still doesn’t keep you from joining this infamous list.

Fist pound to Sports by Brooks Live for the story

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