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Elvis Andrus reportedly sidelined because of ‘sensitivity’ caused by new tattoo

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Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched from spring training action on Thursday because of “sensitivity” in his left biceps. How did his arm get so irritated? From being tattooed for hours.

Andrus spent nine hours getting a massive portrait of his father, Emilo, who died in 1996, tattooed on his left arm the past few days.

Though the work caused Andrus to miss a game and experience incredible pain, the young shortstop does not regret it.

“It was do it now or never,” Andrus told the Dallas Morning News. “I’m really proud of this. It’s something that’s going to be with me forever.”

Andrus says the tattoo hurt so much that it will be his last. At least he made it count, and at least he had a better reason for his health problem than this guy.

H/T Hardball Talk
Photo credit: Twitter/Elvis Andrus

Gio Gonzalez got a rug burn on his forehead while wrestling with his dog

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Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez recently suffered a minor injury that is not going to cause him to miss any time in spring training, so we’ll take it easier on him than we have on some of our other weird injury victims. That being said, the mark on his forehead still comes with a hilarious story.

According to Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com, reporters asked Gonzalez about the strange mark on his forehead after he made his first spring training start on Monday night. He blamed his dog Hollywood.

“She gave me a rug burn,” Gonzalez explained. “I hate her. And then I love her. And then I look in her face and then I love her again.”

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Apparently Gio suffered the burn on his forehead while wrestling with Hollywood, but I’m sure she didn’t mean it. For what it’s worth, he pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut. The singe mark on his head clearly didn’t affect his performance, which is all that matters. At a time when other pitchers around the league are suffering some of the most bizarre injuries in history like this and this, Gonzalez should be thankful all his limbs are still intact.

H/T Nats Enquirer
Photo via Instagram/Gio Gonzalez

Angels P Sean Burnett injures back while lifting son into a shopping cart

Sean-Burnett-NationalsThere are athletes who are injury prone, and then there is a more rare group of athletes who are weird injury prone. If you’re a regular LBS reader, you know that the latter are our favorites. Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean Burnett is one of those people.

Last year, Burnett had to miss about a week of spring training with the Washington Nationals after his back locked up while he was reaching up to put his glove in his locker. His back locked up again this year, and once again it had nothing to do with throwing a baseball. This time, Burnett’s back tightened up when he was putting his 4-year-old son into a shopping cart.

“Both are random things that weren’t baseball-related and didn’t happen on the field,” Burnett explained, via Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times. “Last spring, it went away after a couple of days. This is the exact same thing. It’s early in spring training, so I can be more cautious, but I don’t think I will be out for long.”

Burnett, who underwent an MRI on Monday and saw a back specialist on Tuesday, said his level of concern on a scale of 1 to 10 is a one. He does not expect to be sidelined very long and certainly isn’t anticipating that he’ll miss the start of the regular season.

Hang onto your hats, folks, because we’re heading for a record. I don’t know if baseball players are just more open and honest about their injuries these days or what, but it’s only Feb. 19 and the ridiculous injuries are piling up at an incredible rate. Injury suffered at the hands of a pitching machine? Check. Snow-shoveling incident? Check. Sandwich-related injury? Check. Broken arm after playing with your kids? Check. It’s only just begun.

Casey Kotchman suffers hand injury trying to prevent pop-up machine from falling

Pitching-machineSpring training is an extremely dangerous time for MLB players. Just when you think you may have heard it all when it comes to bizarre injuries, something new comes along. Miami Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman provided yet another example of that earlier this week.

Being the courteous veteran that he is, Kotchman grabbed a pop-up machine at Marlins practice to keep it from breaking when it was about to fall over. According to The Palm Beach Post, he sliced the ring and middle fingers on his right hand in the process, leading to four stitches.

“(I was) trying to be a gentleman to the machine and try not to throw it down on the ground,” Kotchman explained. “It sounds like my teammates would have been happy if the drill was over and the machine got broke.

“The wheel was kind of cutting my finger. I guess instead of hitting it over I held onto it and kind of picked it up and it just kept slicing. I didn’t even realize it was bleeding at first. When I walked back to first base, ok it is bleeding.”

Kotchman is referring to teammate Greg Dobbs, who needled him about grabbing the machine.

“Why did you grab it?” Dobbs jokingly asked. “What was going through your brain? Dude, if the machine falls and breaks the drill is over.”

I’m guessing professional baseball teams have more than one pitching machine in case something breaks, we are talking about the Miami Marlins so you never know. Kotchman said the injury is probably the most bizarre he has suffered during his nine-year career.

“That’s got to be one of (them),” he said. “It’s probably not every day that you get your hand caught in the pitching machine on a pop fly.”

In an offseason where we have already seen injuries like this, this, and this, nothing is all that strange to us anymore.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Rays P Joel Peralta injured his neck while getting out of car on a sandwich stop

Joel-Peralta-RaysAnother day, another MLB pitcher sidelined because of a bizarre injury. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta is the latest victim of what is becoming a recurring theme with spring training now underway. Peralta is going to be sidelined for a short while with a neck injury, and you’ll never guess how he hurt it. Actually, you probably can guess with the way things have been going.

According to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via ESPN’s Jayson Stark), the 36-year-old right-hander tweaked his neck while stopping off to grab a sandwich.

He was still able to get the sandwiches. Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune added that it was a Camaro that Peralta was getting out of, so you can understand how climbing out of a low vehicle like that may be a challenge for someone who will be 37 next month.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these guys need a plastic bubble. Pitchers and catchers just reported to camp this week, and we have already had pitchers suffer significant injuries while playing with their children and shoveling out their driveway. Fortunately, Peralta’s injury is not believed to be serious and he is not expected to miss much time. That being said, it is only Feb. 13. There’s no telling what the next two months will bring. Fingers crossed.

Francisco Liriano says he broke his arm slamming it into a door to scare his kids

Francisco-Liriano-White-SoxFrancisco Liriano was set to sign a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason, but the deal nearly fell apart when the left-hander suffered a broken arm. Fortunately the injury is to Liriano’s right arm, so he ended up agreeing to a one-year deal with the Pirates with a team option for 2014.

What makes Liriano’s broken arm so bizarre are the stories that have come along with it. A few weeks ago, a Dominican newspaper reported that Liriano fractured his right arm after he slipped and fell in a bathroom. The 29-year-old said that is not what happened at all, but that doesn’t make the injury any less of a fluke.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Liriano said he broke his arm while intentionally slamming it into a door on Christmas Day in an attempt to scare his children, who were in the room next door. The left-hander said he felt little pain at first but decided he needed to go to the hospital after about 20 minutes.

“I was surprised when I got to the hospital and they told me it was broken,” he explained.

Liriano said that his agent, Greg Genske, couldn’t believe it when he told him what had happened and that he would not be able to make the trip to Pittsburgh for his physical with the Pirates. He also said that he never spoke with anyone in the Dominican Republic about the injury, so he has no idea where the report from El Caribe came from.

Believe it or not, Liriano is not the first athlete to suffer an injury while playing with his children. Remember when this Yankees reliever suffered an extremely serious injury while jumping on a trampoline with his son? Or how about this pitcher who broke his toes while playing with his children? Apparently there’s something about MLB pitchers playing with their kids that is incredibly dangerous.

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Carl Pavano reportedly ruptured his spleen while shoveling snow

Carl-Pavano-TwinsApparently it doesn’t even have to be baseball season for MLB players to keep piling up the bizarre injuries. Free agent starting pitcher Carl Pavano is the latest victim, and his injury is fairly serious. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the 37-year-old right-hander recently suffered an injury while shoveling snow outside of his home in Vermont.

Pavano reportedly slipped and fell while he was shoveling off his driveway, causing him to rupture his spleen. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Take it from one who knows — shoveling snow ain’t no cakewalk. When I was growing up and my dad started to push 40, my mother was always on my case to make sure I was helping him clear the snow and that he wasn’t trying to do too much. This is why.

On Tuesday, we learned that Francisco Liriano fractured his arm when he slipped and fell in his bathroom. Haven’t these MLB pitchers ever heard of slippery surfaces? In any event, Pavano will likely have to look to hire some kid for $10 an hour to clear the snow in front of his house for the remainder of the winter. Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery and can still find work with some MLB team.