Braves P Mike Minor had to get urethra surgery – ouch

Mike-Minor-BravesRegular readers of LBS will tell you that one of our favorite pastimes is poking fun at baseball players for their weird — and oftentimes wimpy — injuries. We’ve seen everything from bad mattresses to infected bug bites, but the recent procedure Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor had to undergo is no laughing matter. You try getting surgery on your main vein.

Minor’s spring training debut has been delayed for at least a week as he continues to recover from a procedure he had on his urinary tract at the end of December. He had difficulty urinating for almost two years and saw a number of specialists, but no one could figure out the issue. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the cringe-worthy details.

It worsened to the point where he had to go to the emergency room, and a specialist at Vanderbilt said he had scar tissue built up inside his urethra that would have to be removed via the cystoscopy. He was told there was a 50 percent chance that it could return at some point, and that it was impossible to predict when.

When he resumed throwing he had shoulder soreness that led the Braves to rest him in the first week of training camp. Minor said the shoulder was sore from his trying to rush back after not doing any throwing in January. He normally begins his offseason throwing program just after Christmas.”

Minor believes he could still be ready for the start of the season, which is the good news. The bad news is the doctor saying there’s a 50 percent chance the scar tissue could come back. Imagine spending two years in pain while peeing and then being told you may not be out of the woods? Here’s hoping Minor gets on the right side of that 50 percent. Our thoughts are with you.

H/T Deadspin

Matt Harrison may miss Opening Day because of soft mattress

Matt-Harrison-RangersTexas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison burst onto the scene as a starter three years ago, compiling a 3.34 ERA and winning 32 games between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Last year, Harrison made just two starts before needing two surgeries to repair a herniated disk in his back. He’s now in danger of not being ready for Opening Day because of a setback caused by a mattress.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Harrison was scheduled to see a spine specialist on Monday because of a recent setback with his back. He was experiencing some back stiffness that he believes was caused by a soft mattress in his rental home.

“In my opinion, no, I don’t think [the opening day rotation] is going to happen,” Harrison said over the weekend. “Hopefully, before middle April I’ll be ready. But this little setback has put them on high alert. I hate it, but I understand it. I had two starts last April and none after that; I’d rather have less starts in April and 30 after that.”

Harrison said he has switched beds in the house and the pain has subsided, so maybe it really was all about the mattress. Still, the Rangers are going to be understandably cautious with their 28-year-old lefthander after what happened last year.

As Tiger Woods could tell you, there’s no mattress like the one at your own home. It’s unfortunate Harrison had to learn that the hard way.

H/T Big League Stew

Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma injures finger by catching it on net

Hisashi-IwakumaPitchers and catchers reported for spring training across Major League Baseball this week. You know what that means? Weird injuries are back, folks.

The first victim of the offseason was Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton reported on Wednesday that Iwakuma is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after being diagnosed with a strained middle finger on his throwing hand. However, the injury didn’t happen while he was throwing. Instead, Iwakuma got it caught in a net.

The 32-year-old explained how the injury happened through a translator.

“We were doing some baseball drills, working out with ex-teammates,” he said . “I jumped for a ball, and unconsciously grabbed the netting (on a protective movable screen).

“My right (middle) finger got caught in the net, and I pulled it. I knew it was injured. I didn’t think it was a major thing. I rested my finger for about a week and started playing catch again, long toss as always. I thought it was good, but the pain didn’t go away.”

Almost exactly a year ago, we saw another baseball player suffer an injury at the hands of some spring training equipment. As we’ve said before, baseball players always seem to suffer the most bizarre injuries. The trend is already continuing in 2014.

H/T Big League Stew

High school basketball player suffers season-ending injury during team photos

Lindsey-PetersonAthletes often put themselves in vulnerable positions where injuries can easily occur, but one would think a player is safe during team photos. As Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High senior Lindsey Peterson reminded us a few weeks ago, nothing is certain.

The two-sport star suffered a horrific injury that ended her basketball season when she slipped and fell during a team photo shoot. According to The Sheffield Press, Peterson lost her balance and hit her face off the corner of a bench she was standing on. Her injuries required 100 stitches and three plates in her face to help multiple fractures heal.

“It was the worst thing I’ve seen,” West Fork basketball coach Rodney Huber said. “It went straight through her gum, affected a few of her teeth and she had a big gash on the right side of her face.”

Peterson will likely have to undergo plastic surgery to repair nerve damage. Huber said she held a towel to her face to cover most of the injuries, but added that he saw a lot of blood.

To make matters worse, the accident also took place on Peterson’s 18th birthday. She is an all-state volleyball player who holds school records for kills and digs. We have shown you plenty of incredibly bizarre injuries here at LBS over the years, but this is up there with the worst of them. Here’s hoping Peterson has a full recovery. You’d hate to see something like that derail a promising athletic career.

H/T Deadspin via Prep Rally

Rams DE William Hayes injures forearm smashing a mirror

William-Hayes-RamsSt. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes picked a fight with a mirror after his team’s frustrating loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He lost.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hayes smashed a mirror with his forearm and suffered a pretty nasty cut. He received stitches to close the wound and practiced in full on Wednesday with a wrap on his arm.

“You know I’m passionate about the game, about my teammates,” Hayes explained. “I know every guy in this locker room was a little frustrated after the game. And I kind of let my feelings out, probably in a way I shouldn’t have. There’s a way to do things, and I probably took things a little too far. The mirror was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I kind of took it a little overboard. Emotions came out and got the best of me.”

He’s fortunate the injury wasn’t more severe. Hayes, who is in his sixth season with the Rams, admitted he has been frustrated because he knows he does not have a lot of time left in his career.

“I know at the end of the day, I’m not in my first or second year any more,” the 28-year-old said. “So I know that time is ticking. I don’t have too many more chances to try to get where I want to get to. My rookie year (in Tennessee), we made it to the playoffs and I’ve been trying my best to get there ever since.”

The Rams are just 2-5 this season and have lost three straight games. You can understand why Hayes is irritated, but he should learn from athletes who have injured themselves badly before him. As this NBA player or this MLB star can tell us, fighting inanimate objects is usually a lousy idea. Not to mention, smashing mirrors is bad luck.

Thanks to LBS reader Tim for the tip

Florida OT Tyler Moore out for season after injuring wrist in a scooter accident

Tyler-Moore-FloridaFlorida starting offensive tackle Tyler Moore is going to miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist. The Gators already lost starting left tackle DJ Humphries and tackle Chaz Green to injuries earlier in the year, so they are dealing with a very thin offensive line. Considering Moore suffered his injury while riding a scooter, the Florida coaching staff has to be very frustrated.

On Wednesday morning, John C. Cotey of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Moore was in surgery after breaking his arm in a scooter accident. He said the 320-pound lineman lost control of the scooter on a wet sidewalk, which was later confirmed by head coach Will Muschamp.

“Tyler Moore was riding home on a scooter, came around a corner and his back tire slipped out from under him,” Muschamp said, via Bryan Holt of Inside the Gators.

Muschamp also confirmed that the sophomore will miss the remainder of the season.

When will these guys learn? We have already seen a South Carolina quarterback crash his moped while trying to carry a pizza and another player survive a horrifying motorcycle accident that was caught on camera. Prior to that, a Georgia tight end was forced to miss time after injuring his leg on a moped. These dude should either be on four wheels or none. They have way too much to lose.

H/T Dr. Saturday

College DT Kyle Smith suffers horrific injuries while making Bloomin’ Onion

Deep-fried-onionWe have spent a lot of time over the years here at LBS poking fun at athletes who suffer embarrassing injuries off the field, but there is nothing funny about the horrifying incident sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Smith experienced last month. Smith, who plays at NAIA Carroll College in Montana, suffered serious burns while attempting to deep fry an onion.

Smith’s girlfriend, Christie Fredericks, shared the disturbing story with the Casper Star-Tribune earlier this week. She said it all started when the oil on the stove began to smoke.

“Kyle didn’t want the smoke alarms to go off so he grabbed the pot off the stove and was taking it outside,” Fredericks explained. “The next thing I know the lid popped and the oil overflowed. Kyle slipped on the oil and it burned him.

“By that time the house was starting to fill with smoke and Kyle was just screaming at me and my daughter to get out of the house.”

Fredericks said she then took her 2-year-old daughter to the garage and waited for Smith when she heard him yell out, “Call 911…my feet are burnt off.”

“When I finally saw him his pants were melted and he was army crawling to the door,” she recalled. “It was pretty traumatic.”

Paramedics arrived and stabilized Smith before he was taken to the emergency room and later air-lifted to the University of Utah Burn Center. His father, Mitch Smith, said Kyle is burned on 20 percent of his body and that his arms look good but his legs will take a while to heal. He underwent skin graft surgery last Friday, with doctors taking skin from his thighs to replace the skin he lost on his feet, toes, shins and calves.

Doctors estimate that Smith will be in a bed at the burn center for about another month. He won’t be able to run again for four months and probably cannot begin working out for another six, meaning he will likely miss the upcoming football season. Here’s hoping he has a full and speedy recovery.

H/T Deadspin