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Jonathan Lucroy hurt by suitcase, needed X-rays, out 4-6 weeks

We’ve covered nearly a hundred weird injuries here at LBS, but some are so strange they still manage to shock us. What happened to Jonathan Lucroy certainly qualifies in that category.

According to MLB.com, the Brewers catcher hurt his right hand when a suitcase fell on it. Lucroy apparently was reaching for a lost sock under his hotel room bed Sunday night when his wife shifted a suitcase that fell on his hand.

Lucroy showed up to Dodger Stadium planning to play on Monday, but he couldn’t swing the bat like usual and was set to undergo X-rays.

“I didn’t want to say anything because I don’t like not playing,” he said on Monday, per Brewers Beat. “I want to play. But I went down and took some swings and it didn’t feel good, so I had to spill it.”

Poor guy. Sometimes you just have to let those hard-to-reach socks go.

UPDATE: The X-rays revealed a fracture on his right hand and he’s out 4-6 weeks. That must have been one heavy suitcase.

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Bryce Harper bloodied himself smashing a bat, needed 10 stitches (Pictures)

Nats outfielder Bryce Harper was left bloodied and with a cut above his left eye after smashing a bat against a wall in frustration on Friday night.

Harper, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in a win over the Reds, smashed his bat in frustration after making an out in the seventh. The bat apparently bounced off the wall in the tunnel and hit him in the face, leaving him with a nasty cut above his left eye.

Harper needed 10 stitches to close the cut. He was bandaged and continued to play in the game, though he was replaced by Xavier Nady in the 9th.

“It doesn’t hurt at all,” Harper said after the game. “I feel fine. I didn’t get light-headed at all or nothing. I feel good.”

Manger Davey Johnson said Harper could miss one or two games, but according to The Washington Post, Harper insisted he wanted to play.

“I think I’m good,” Harper said. “The doctor said I could play, so I’m going to play.”

Johnson defended his rookie saying that breaking a bat in frustration is nothing new for a ballplayer. At least it wasn’t a fire extinguisher.

Here’s another look at the bloody Harper, and an image of him batting with it bandaged:

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Amare Stoudemire cut his hand punching a fire extinguisher in locker room

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire committed the ultimate brain fart by cutting his hand punching a fire extinguisher in the locker room following his team’s Game 2 loss to the Heat on Monday night.

Stoudemire left the arena with his left hand bandaged and his left arm in a sling. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports says he did not get an X-ray, and the number of stitches he required to treat the wound is not known.

Above is a look at the type of fire extinguisher inside America Airlines Arena that Amare punched, according to Brian Windhorst.

Below is the trail of blood Amare left on the locker room floor:

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Jeremy Guthrie headed to DL after freak bicycle injury

Rockies starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will be forced to miss action after the club placed him on the 15-day disabled list following a bizarre bike accident on Friday.

Guthrie was on his way to the stadium when the chain on his Cannondale Hooligan bicycle became detached. The right-hander was thrown from the bike and jammed his throwing shoulder. An MRI later revealed no structural damage. Guthrie, an avid bike rider who completed a 30-mile ride earlier in the week, blamed the mishap on a “malfunction” with the bike he was riding:

This isn’t the first weird injury to hit the Rockies pitching staff this year. Earlier this month Josh Outman had a stint on the 15-day DL after he strained an oblique while vomiting during a bout of food poisoning. At this rate, the Rockies should probably stay away from mayonnaise jars, too.

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Rockies pitcher Josh Outman injured his oblique by vomiting

Because of food poisoning, the Rockies will be a bit short on bullpen help to begin the season this week. Yes, food poisoning is typically a 24-hour or 48-hour ordeal, but it can leave some lasting effects. As a result of a strained oblique from power puking, Rockies left-handed reliever Josh Outman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

“The food poisoning, there was a lot of vomiting and I really believe he strained his oblique,” Colorado manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday according to FoxSports.com. “He’s been much better over the last couple of days but he hasn’t been able to throw. We haven’t been able to get him to the mound. So we’re just going to err on the side of caution.”

Most of the weird injuries that we feature on LBS pertaining to baseball players are the result of clumsiness. Two great examples would be David Robertson falling down his stairs while carrying some empty boxes or David Price suffering neck spasms after toweling off improperly. But Outman’s excuse is pretty legit. Food poisoning can be pretty brutal. Some people are just stronger pukers than others. Nature of the beast.

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Joba Chamberlain suffers ‘significant injury’ after dislocating his ankle jumping on the tramploline with his son

As expected, the bizarre injuries have been piling up all throughout spring training for various MLB teams. For the most part, the damage has been minor. Unfortunately for the Yankees and Joba Chamberlain, that was not the case on Thursday.

“Joba Chamberlain dislocated right ankle yesterday and had surgery last night,” Jack Curry of the YES Network wrote on Twitter Friday morning. “(Brian) Cashman called it a significant injury. Cashman said Joba injured himself while playing with his son. They were jumping around on a ‘trampoline’ of sorts.

“When Cashman was asked if Joba’s injury was career threatening, he said, ‘I’d’ like to say no. My heart and my gut tell me no,’” Curry continued. “Cashman said he feels for Joba on a personal level. He added that its a ‘massive’ loss for the team.”

Judging by the way Curry described Cashman’s tone, this is obviously a very significant injury. Curry added that it is not believed that Chamberlain’s son was injured, and that Cashman was noticeably “shaken” when delivering the news.

We joke about other strange injuries like this one and this one — which both happened over the past few weeks — but you hate to see something like this happen. Joba was reportedly making good progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and the ankle injury is obviously going to be a major setback for him. With the way it sounds at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising if Chamberlain misses all of 2012.

H/T Hardball Talk

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks burns his shoulder while cooking

Professional athletes tend to eat out a lot. Since they are constantly on the move and can usually afford takeout and restaurants on a regular basis, it makes perfect sense. What we don’t take into consideration is that eating out may also be a safety mechanism. As Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks proved over the weekend, cooking can be dangerous.

According to the CBC, Mattocks was admitted to a hospital on Sunday after suffering burns to his upper arm and right shoulder while cooking. How did this happen? Your guess is as good as ours.

“It was an unfortunate accident, but Darren is handling everything well and remains in good spirits,” Whitecap coach Martin Rennie said in a release. “We will have a better understanding on the recovery time and course of action later in the week, but we fully anticipate Darren to make a complete recovery in due time.”

Was it the door of the oven? Did a pot of hot water go flying through the air and hit his arm? I could see a burn on the hand or lower arm, but this one is a head-scratcher. At least when that dude from Werder Bremen hurt his knee playing with his dog the physicality of the injury made sense.

H/T Dirty Tackle