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Friday, October 19, 2018

Articles tagged: Weird Injuries

Tommy Hunter suffers back fracture after falling while carrying child


The Cleveland Indians probably didn’t think that they would have to worry about reliever Tommy Hunter’s sense of balance this season.

Hunter has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of a vertebra in his lower back. The apparent culprit of his injury? A fall down the stairs at home while carrying his child.

“He had a little mishap at home during the break,” said Tribe manager Terry Francona on Sunday, per Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. “He was carrying his child, missed a step and banged his back trying to protect his child.

“He called the trainers, but thought he’d be OK in a couple of days,” Francona continued. “We tried to protect him the last couple of days, but he was out there throwing Saturday and feeling it.”

The 30-year-old Hunter has a 2-2 record with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 21 appearances for the Indians this season. Hopefully while Hunter is recovering, he’ll get an Edible Arrangement delivered to his house courtesy of David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain.

Image Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Jake Diekman lands on disabled list after cutting finger on broken beer mug


Texas Rangers left-handed reliever Jake Diekman will have a hard time living down the strange injury he suffered recently.

Diekman lacerated his left index finger, landing him on the disabled list retroactive to July 6, according to the Associated Press. The reliever suffered the injury when he was cut by a piece of glass from a broken beer mug in his luggage.

The mug, purchased from Cheers in Boston, was a souvenir that had broken in his bag.

Diekman won’t miss much time, but he’s going to be hearing about this one for a while. Sure, there is precedent for strange non-baseball related finger injuries, but this one in particular is rather amusing.

Brian Duensing needs surgery after freak injury involving bullpen chair


After spending the first seven years of his major league career with the Twins, Brian Duensing is in his first with the Orioles, one that will include a lengthy absence as a result of a freak injury.

The Orioles played the Rangers on Monday in a make up game for one that was postponed due to rain in mid-April. It was during that game the Baltimore relief pitcher felt discomfort in his elbow after adjusting in his bullpen chair.

“It was in Texas,” Duensing told MASN Sports. “About the second inning. I was sitting on a chair and I just kind of rolled over and felt something weird. Next thing you know it was swollen and I couldn’t move it. Next thing you know, I was in the training room and didn’t really do anything. I did nothing to it. Wasn’t throwing. I had played catch earlier that day and felt fine. I was just sitting there. I don’t know what happened.”

Baseball has become known for its players suffering injuries in peculiar ways. Jose Bautista recently hit the disabled list after jamming his toe on on outfield wall. Last year, Drew Storen broke his thumb slamming a locker door and Curt Casali strained his hamstring during his home run trot.

Next up for Duensing is arthroscopic surgery, which will likely keep him sidelined anywhere from four to eight weeks. The 33-year-old has appeared in seven games this season and posted a 5.40 ERA since making his debut for the Orioles earlier this month.

Photo credit – USATSI – Tommy Gilligan

Jose Bautista lands on disabled list after jamming toe on outfield wall

Jose Bautista

All-Star slugger Jose Bautista was in the middle of another standout campaign for the Toronto Blue Jays, but then he ran into a wall. Literally.

The Blue Jays placed Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with a big toe strain, they announced on Friday.

Bautista jammed the toe in the seventh inning of Thursday’s 13-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies when he crashed into the right field wall trying to run down a fly ball off the bat of catcher Cameron Rupp.

Here is video of the play:

The Blue Jays appear confident that Bautista’s toe is not fractured, but he will undergo further testing and has no timetable for a return as of yet, per Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

The 35-year-old Bautista is hitting just .230/.360/.455 this season but has still managed to rack up 12 home runs, 41 RBIs, and an AL-leading 48 walks.

Now we know that the right field scoreboard at Citizens Bank Park is at least as hazardous as Rougned Odor’s right fist.

H/T theScore

Raiders TE Clive Walford suffered knee injury in ATV accident


Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford will not be participating in spring practices after he suffered a knee injury while riding an ATV earlier this offseason.

Mike Garafolo and Peter Schrager of FOX Sports report that Walford had surgery a few weeks ago and the injury “may not be as bad as originally thought.” It’s unclear exactly what happened and the Raiders have kept the incident quiet, but Walford is said to have injured his knee in some sort of ATV accident. He has reportedly shown a lot of improvement since undergoing surgery.

For those of you who are going to say Walford should not have been riding an ATV, just remember we have seen pro athletes mess up their knees doing far, far less.

The Raiders drafted Walford out of Miami in the third round last year. He showed some flashes of great athleticism down the stretch, catching 27 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns over his final 12 games. Hopefully a freak accident doesn’t set him back too far.

Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers reliever Will Smith tore knee while taking off his shoe


Here’s another entry for the list of extremely dumb and unfortunate spring training injuries.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith – a potential closer candidate – tore the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee when he twisted it while taking his shoe off after a minor league game.

“I was standing on one leg, trying to take the shoe off and I pulled hard and it stayed on. My knee just went up and popped,” said Smith, via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It sucks.”

Smith is awaiting word on whether he’ll need surgery or if the injury can simply be addressed through rehab.

Clubhouses are dangerous places. Lots of weird injuries can happen there. Just ask Drew Storen what happened to him last year.

Arkansas-Little Rock coach broke hand punching white board, will coach in tournament


Chris Beard, the head coach of the 12th seeded Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, will coach in the NCAA Tournament with an injury. It’s an injury that he suffered while punching a white board during the Sun Belt tournament final.

Beard broke his right hand at halftime of Sunday’s final in frustration with his team’s play.

“We were not playing our best half,” said Beard, via ESPN’s Myron Metcalf. “We were down five at half. I made a bad decision in the locker room, trying to get the guys a little fired up. We talk a lot about boxing in our program. We’re a good defensive team. We believe in boxing, kind of, footwork.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get the message with the handwork. A dry-erase board took a bad shot.”

It’s worth noting that Beard is a former assistant to Bob Knight when the legendary coach was at Texas Tech, which is why he didn’t throw a chair.

“There was a chair there,” Beard said. “I thought, briefly, about maybe using the chair, but Coach Knight told me never to do that. Never use a chair in [any] situation. No, I learned a lot from Coach. I’m proud to be associated with him and proud to be taking a team to the NCAA tournament that I believe plays the right way.

“I’ll be there. If I had one leg and one eye, I’ll make it. I’ve worked my whole life to coach in a game like this.”

The Trojans play fifth seed Purdue on Thursday. Can they pull the upset? Well, the last coach to hurt himself during Championship Week saw things work out pretty well for him, so maybe Beard can take heart from that.