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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.

Francisco Liriano reportedly fractured his arm in a bathroom fall

Francisco-Liriano-White-SoxThe Pittsburgh Pirates signed pitcher Francisco Liriano to a two-year, $12.75 million deal this offseason. Liriano was once one of the most promising young pitchers in the game, but his inability to stay healthy has led to an overall disappointing career thus far. To make matters worse, not all of the injuries he has suffered are baseball related.

Liriano suffered an undisclosed right arm injury in late December, which recently resulted in the Pirates reworking some of the language in his contract. According to the Dominican newspaper El Caribe (via Tom Singer of MLB.com), Liriano fractured his non-throwing arm after taking a tumble in his bathroom.

The injury was reportedly to the humerus bone in Liriano’s upper right arm. Accoding to El Caribe, a “source close to the player” said that Liriano’s right arm is currently in a cast. However, he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season since the injury was not to his throwing arm. I guess if you’re going to have a bathroom fall, it’s best to brace yourself with the arm that doesn’t make you millions of dollars.

As this Mets player will tell you, injuries that happen around the home are not unheard of.

H/T Hardball Talk

UNC Greensboro G Trevis Simpson hurt his foot walking through hotel lobby

Trevis-Simpson-UNC-GreensboroUNC Greensboro never stood a chance against North Carolina State in their 89-68 loss on Monday night, especially with Trevis Simpson on the bench. Simpson, who ranks in the top 15 in scoring in the NCAA with 20.3 points per game, was sidelined with an ankle injury. Unlike most basketball injuries which usually occur on the court, Simpson hurt his ankle walking through a hotel lobby.

According to The Dagger, Simpson was in a hazy state after waking up from a pregame nap on Monday afternoon as he was heading through a Raleigh hotel lobby on the way to a team dinner. An automatic door startled him when it swing open, causing the shooting guard to stop short.

“I just stopped suddenly because I thought I was going to be in the path of somebody else, and I was going to let them through,” Simpson said. “Once I realized nobody was there, I tried to keep walking, I heard a pop in my ankle and it started burning and aching. It was then that I realized something wasn’t right.”

An MRI revealed no significant ligament damage but showed that Simpson had overstretched several tendons in his ankle. He had to miss the game against NC State and is a game-time decision against Davidson on Saturday night.

“(My teammates) know I’m the type of guy who will try to play through anything,” Simpson explained. “For something like that to happen and we’re playing NC State, who’s nationally ranked, they realize it must have been something serious.”

Strange things happen. Believe it or not, Simpson’s ankle injury wasn’t the weirdest one we saw this week. The ankle injury Stephen Jackson suffered earlier in the week was even more bizarre.

Stephen Jackson sprains ankle falling on waitress serving Mayor Bloomberg (Video)

stephen-jacksonStephen Jackson had to leave Thursday’s Spurs-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden after spraining his ankle falling on a waitress who was serving Mayor Bloomberg. We’re not even joking.

The injury occurred late in the first quarter of the game after Jackson attempted a 3-point shot from the corner. As Jackson was backing up while tracking his shot, he stumbled over a waitress who was crouched down to serve Bloomberg.

Adding insult to literal injury, Jackson missed the shot. He was 0-for-2 in his three minutes of action before leaving the game with a sprained right ankle.

Surprisingly, this sort of thing happens during NBA games more than you would think.

Video via The Point Forward