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Lucas Duda fractured his wrist moving furniture

New York Mets outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his wrist while moving furniture at his apartment last month, the team announced on Tuesday, and they weren’t even joking about it.

Duda, who hit 15 home runs and had a .718 OPS last season, had surgery in Manhattan Monday to repair the fracture. The team expects him to be ready for Spring Training.

Now the obvious question is whether or not the team (or Duda) is being truthful about the injury. Did he really fracture his wrist moving furniture? How would that even happen? He drop a classical piano on it? Smash it into a wall on a sharp turn walking a couch up the stairs? I could certainly understand it if he strained his neck or back moving furniture, but fracturing his wrist? That’s a tough one to believe.

The next point to be made is that why was a major leaguer moving his own heavy furniture? Unless this was a Jonathan Lucroy situation where he had a piece of furniture dropped on him, I’d be suspicious about how and why it happened. Jeff Kent washing his SUV thinks this is a strange story.

Kevin Love says he injured his elbow while sleeping

Kevin Love sat out the Timberwolves preseason game against the Bulls on Saturday because of a sore right elbow. Injuries are common during the preseason when guys are getting back into the swing of things and may not be in the best shape of their lives, but they typically happen on the court or in the weight room. Love told the Star Tribune that his injury occurred in the middle of the night.

Love didn’t bang it or hyperextend it while playing only the first quarter Friday in Indianapolis. No, he instead slept with his right arm extended off his bed all night Friday and when he awoke Saturday morning, he said he could barely lift a basketball.

“I couldn’t shoot it 10 feet,” he said.

But wait, Kevin doesn’t play baseball? Usually most of the weird injuries in sports happen to the guys who swing bats for a living, whether it be missing games because of an injury suffered while napping on the plane of dozing off on the bus. As tennis star Andy Murray could tell you, sleeping is also a way to injure you’re rear end.

Fortunately for the ‘Wolves, the injury is not believed to be serious and we’re only talking about preseason basketball. When the regular season starts, I’m sure Kevin will focus on tucking his arm away in a safer manner.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk
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Steve Blake reportedly suffers foot injury by stepping on a parking lot spike strip

Someone needs to tell Steve Blake that those parking lot spike strips may only be able to puncture your car tires if you drive over them the wrong way, but they can puncture your foot no matter how you walk on them. Sharp objects have a tendency to do that.

According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, the Lakers announced Monday that Blake will be out of action for three weeks after he stepped on one of those spike strip thingies and popped a hole in the bottom of his foot. Our guess is he wasn’t paying attention, otherwise I’m not really sure how you would miss one of those things. They’re pretty obvious when you’re driving, so I would think they would be just as easy to see while strolling along on foot.

Unless he was walking barefoot like this Ohio State player who cut his foot and needed surgery, you have chalk this up as some pretty bad luck for a guy who has had plenty of it on the court since the Lakers signed him. It’s not like he punched something in frustration after a meaningless game.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Josh Hamilton missed five games because he was drinking too much caffeine?

Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup for the Rangers on Monday night against the A’s after missing five games due to vision problems and balance issues. Most people refer to this mysterious condition as vertigo, and it can sometimes come and go without explanation. In Hamilton’s case, the Rangers say an optometrist believes his condition, specifically called ocular keratitis, may have been caused by drinking too much caffeine.

“It’s me we’re talking about here,” Hamilton joked with reporters prior to Monday’s game. “Guys, it’s me — it’s Josh. It’s going to be something weird. I was loading up on caffeine, and I’m out there in the bright lights. I can’t control my eyes. They are stuck.”

As Big League Stew pointed out, this is not an unprecedented condition in major league baseball. Braves catcher Brian McCann improved his vision problems when he cut back on caffeine in 2010 and Johnny Damon did the same back in 2009.

“Drinking caffeine, coffee in the morning, coffee midday, energy drink before the game, chocolate after the game,” Hamilton explained. “All these things were compounding and making it worse and worse.”

As we all know, Hamilton struggles with addiction and has had a tough time giving up nasty habits in the past. While a player missing five games because he can’t lay off the Red Bull is a pretty unique situation, you might be surprised to hear that it isn’t the strangest food and drink consumption injury we’ve ever featured here on LBS.

Rays’ Sean Rodriguez breaks hand punching locker days before being called up

If Sean Rodriguez could turn the clock back to Sunday morning, he certainly would. The Rays infielder has been spending time with the team’s Triple-A club in Durham, but he was set to be called back up to the majors on Sept. 1 when teams expand their rosters. Because of a lapse in judgment over the weekend, that won’t be happening.

Rodriguez punched a locker in frustration after Durham’s game on Sunday and fractured his hand. The injury could cost him the rest of the season.

“It was obviously stupid and immature,” he said by phone Monday according to the Tampa Tribune. “I’m just hoping it doesn’t affect the team too much. The minute it happened I regretted it. It was just dumb. It is inexcusable.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understands why a player might get upset — especially after spending time in the minors — but added that it is “unfortunate” he decided to hit something.

“It’s too bad because he fits really well right now,” Maddon said. “We sent him down with specific ideas and instructions, what to work on regarding coming back and when he was coming back. It was all set up. Everything was there and it’s just unfortunate that this happened.”

It’s a shame, but this is becoming an extremely common story across the MLB. We already saw a Red Sox outfielder cut his season short by punching something and Hanley Ramirez give everyone a scare by taking his frustrations out on a cooling fan. For someone like Rodriguez who is 27 years old and looking to establish himself as a viable major leaguer, not being able to control your temper can alter a career path.

Fist bump to FOX Sports Florida’s Dave Scheiber

Adrian Gonzalez hurt his back greeting a kid

Adrian Gonzalez missed Saturday’s Red Sox-Rays game after his back tightened when he bent over to greet a child at the mall on Friday. You can’t make this stuff up.

Gonzalez told reporters he was at a mall in Tampa next to the team’s hotel when he ran into a family with kids.

“I bent over to say ‘Hi,’ to one of the kids and when I came out of that, it locked up on me,” Gonzalez said, per CSN New England’s Sean McAdam. “I tried to get treatment, to go out there and move around, but it wasn’t feeling any better.”

Gonzalez said he told manager Bobby Valentine that he could play on Saturday, but Valentine and the trainers agreed there was no point to rush him. He returned on Sunday, going 2-for-4 in Boston’s 7-3 win over the Rays.

We know backs are extremely sensitive and that they can be “thrown out” at any time (even when reaching for pancakes at breakfast), but how bad does it sound to say that you’re missing a game after hurting yourself greeting kids? That’s pretty embarrassing.

If Gonzalez goes through our entire “weird injuries” archive, at least he’ll find out that he’s not alone. There are many more embarrassing tales in there.

Hanley Ramirez suffers cut on his hand hitting an electric fan in frustration

The Marlins’ season has officially gotten so frustrating that players are injuring themselves. Hanley Ramirez is currently in a 2-for-22 slump, and he is not happy with himself. During the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals — one that ended with another blown save from Heath Bell — Hanley punched a cooling fan in the dugout after grounding out. He needed two stitches on his knuckle, but the team is optimistic he will be fine for the second half.

Hanley said he punched the fan because he “got mad” and is upset with his lack of production. As you can imagine, Ozzie Guillen was not happy with his third baseman’s reaction.

“Very stupid injury, very immature,” Guillen said after the game according to the Miami Herald. “You’re going to hurt yourself because you can’t hit? Good hitters don’t do that. Good hitters battle back and try to get better. Your injury doesn’t just hurt yourself, you hurt your ball club.

“I don’t pay attention to stupidities. That made me mad. Players get hurt for no reason — hitting stuff. That’s very childish. We’re not kids. We’re grown people. When you struggle and you’re a great player you have to try and be better. To be honest with you I didn’t even ask him, I was so disappointed. We built this ballclub around him. This is the man in this ballclub and I never criticized Hanley Ramirez for not having the season we thought he had, but I will for hurting himself.”

You certainly can’t blame Ozzie for being furious. After seeing the horrible injury Amar’e Stoudemire suffered by doing something similar, it’s a shame athletes don’t learn from situations like that and think before they act. Hand injuries that are the result of clumsiness and stem from cleaning out a blender or trying to cut strings off your glove are tough to avoid. Cutting your finger by punching something isn’t.

H/T Hardball Talk
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