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.
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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.
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Dodgers second baseman Micah Johnson, a depth player who will likely start the season in the minors, will miss a week of spring training due to a left hand injury. This isn’t terribly newsworthy until you learn how Johnson suffered said injury.
1st injury of spring: #Dodgers Micah Johnson needed stitches in left hand. Mishap trying to remove avocado pit. Should heal in a week.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 19, 2016
Pitting avocados is extremely hazardous, my friends. You never know what could happen. If it required stitches, he must have gotten himself pretty good. If nothing else, Johnson’s getting more attention than he likely would have all spring had he not wounded himself thanks to an avocado.
Remarkably, this isn’t even the first story of a baseball player suffering some sort of malady while preparing food. Stay safe, major leaguers. Food preparation can be a dangerous game.
Jazz big man Derrick Favors was recently sidelined for 16 consecutive games due to back spasms. Turns out the whole thing may have been avoided altogether if he had just made a trip to Mattress King.
In an interview ahead of Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, Favors was asked what he could do to prevent the back from flaring up again and responded by singling out some less than ideal sleeping conditions.
“Try not to sleep on my stomach basically,” the former No. 3 overall pick said, per Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune. “I think that’s what caused it.”
Favors also proceeded to place some of the blame on a faulty mattress.
“I’m in the process of of changing my mattress now,” he continued. “It wasn’t soft, but it was kind of outdated. I had it for a couple of years.”
Favors, 24, is averaging 16.7 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 blocks per game this season. But those back problems cost him over a month’s worth of games, and he’s still trying to work his way back into shape having just returned last Monday. As a result of his and frontcourt sidekick Rudy Gobert’s extended absences, the Jazz sit at just 21-25 on the year, currently on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture looking in.
It’s not always easy for a man of the 6-foot-10 Favors’ size to find the perfect mattress. But considering that he’s set to make approximately $12 million this season, you’d think Favors might want to invest in some memory foam.
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Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman is suddenly in danger of missing the team’s big Week 16 matchup against the undefeated Carolina Panthers. The culprit for Coleman’s abrupt change in status? A home accident while in the shower, apparently.
Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn revealed to the media on Thursday that the 22-year-old is in the concussion protocol after slipping in the shower Wednesday and hitting his head, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) December 24, 2015
Coleman was selected by the Falcons in the third round with the 73rd overall pick last April. He has picked up 392 yards on the ground (second-best on the team behind fellow rookie back Devonta Freeman) and a rushing touchdown on 87 carries this season. Coleman has struggled, however, with ball security issues and hasn’t been much of a factor on passing downs in Atlanta’s offense.
If Coleman cannot suit up on Sunday for the 7-7 Falcons, who need to win their last two games and for both the Seahawks and the Vikings to lose their last two in order to make the postseason, Terron Ward will likely get the majority of the carries behind Freeman.
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The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes reported Saturday that the Nats reliever broke his thumb slamming his locker after allowing a home run in Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Mets:
Drew Storen slammed his locker shut after allowing the HR Wednesday. Broke his right thumb. Likely out for the season, Williams said.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 12, 2015
Storen’s poor performance on Wednesday helped give the Mets a sweep over the collapsing Nats. Storen had already contributed to a blown 7-1 lead on Tuesday when he walked three batters and allowed the Mets to score a run. The Mets won that game 8-7. On Wednesday, he entered a 2-2 game in relief of Stephen Strasburg with a runner on and allowed a 2-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes to make it 4-2 Mets. It’s no wonder he was ticked off. He hasn’t pitched since then, and now you know why.
What in the name of Kendrys Morales is going on here?
Rays catcher Curt Casali was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the team on Wednesday with a hamstring strain. How was the injury suffered, you ask? Apparently, Casali tweaked the hammy rounding the bases after hitting a home run on Tuesday night against the Twins.
Here is footage of the trot in question as Casali can clearly be seen moving gingerly upon rounding first base after clubbing the fifth-inning solo shot off Minnesota lefty Neal Cotts.
“It was weird, it was really weird,” Casali told Bill Chastain of MLB.com after the game. “I felt fine going to first base. I was going pretty fast and it just started getting tight on me as soon as I hit the bag it didn’t go very good going around the bases.”
“I didn’t want to injure it worse than it already was,” he continued. “I tried to take it as slow as I could. I knew I had to get around the bases somehow. Just unfortunate timing.”
Unfortunate timing indeed as Casali was one of Tampa Bay’s hottest hitters post-All-Star break. In the second half, the 26-year-old has ripped nine home runs and posted a .662 slugging percentage with an unfathomable 165 wRC+. But in a Twilight Zone-level of irony, his torrid hitting actually wound up being his downfall when he pulled up lame during a seemingly innocuous home-run trot.
We know quite a few athletes who might feel compelled to send Casali a fruit basket of empathy.
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