David Robertson suffers foot sprain while carrying empty boxes down flight of stairs

Baseball is back. You know how I know that? It’s not the spring training games or the warm weather here in the northeast. It’s not the B-team highlights on Sportscenter. I’m talking about the bizarre injuries. When it comes to the mystical world of weird injuries, no sport does it quite like baseball. The latest victim: Yankees reliever David Robertson.

According to the NY Post, Robertson injured his foot Wednesday night while carrying two empty boxes down a flight of stairs in his home. The right-hander missed a step on his way down and suffered a foot sprain during what he called a “clumsy” incident.

“I just misjudged one step and caught it funny and just kind of rolled under me,’’ he explained. “I can tell you right now, it’s the truth. My wife was like, ‘What are you doing down there?’ She saw me laying there, holding my foot. I was like, ‘I fell.’ She was like, ‘Are you serious?'”

Believe it or not, this is already our second significant weird injury of the season — and the season hasn’t even started yet. Earlier this week, David Price was suffering neck spasms as a result of the way he toweled himself off after the shower. For countless other unusual injuries from over the years, click here.

On a more serious note, Robertson was a rock as the Yankees set-up man last season. He is set to be reexamined by team doctors on Friday and the Yankees are reportedly “concerned” about the injury. If Robertson misses significant time and is unable to go at the start of the season, New York will look to Rafael Soriano to play a more important role in keeping the bullpen stabilized.

David Price got neck spasms from toweling himself off

Some people are stoked to have baseball back because that means their favorite team is in action. Others are pumped because they get to draft a new fantasy baseball team. But for us at LBS, the return of baseball means the return of weird baseball injuries. Luckily we’ve already had a few of them.

Rays pitcher David Price only pitched two innings instead of three Thursday because of neck spasms. The spasms were caused when he wiped his neck off with a towel. No joke.

“I was drying my head off after the second inning. It’s happened to me two times before. I catch the back of my head and it pulls my head forward,” Price said. “I felt it in the back of my neck. It was spasming, there was a little pop and it spasmed up. It gets a little tight. I’ll be all right.”

Said manager Joe Maddon: “David might need better technique when it comes to toweling himself down. He’s been doing it for 26 years now. Apparently he doesn’t have it down yet.”

This is the third time since last spring training that Price hurt himself, so maybe Maddon is right.

Below is a video of Price discussing the neck injury via The Tampa Times:

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Golfer Clay Carpenter stabbed with broken club for trying to play through

Anyone who has ever played golf knows that tempers tend to flare on the course. Players have a tendency to be frustrated with their game, are often drinking alcohol, and for some reason feel the need to flex their muscles in front of other golfers. Arguments on the golf course are a common occurrence, but fortunately what happened to 48-year old Clay Carpenter is not. According to the Star-Telegram, Carpenter was reportedly stabbed with a broken club by another golfer after Carpenter’s threesome tried to play through the attacker’s foursome.

The stab punctured Carpenter’s femoral artery and could cost him his leg. He was released from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital on Sunday and could need more surgeries.

“People get in arguments every day on every golf course in America,” Carpenter said. “But 99.9 percent of the time no one takes it this far.

“If (the blood flow in my leg) does not regenerate it will be no good to me. I’ll never be able to lift my feet up again. I’ve run full marathons, and I’ll never be a runner again. I’ve lost the ability to properly use my leg. I’ll have to use a brace on this right leg forever.”

Police in Tarrant County, Texas are investigating the incident. As if the story isn’t unusual enough, the 9-1-1 call is even more strange. A man who identified himself as a member of the foursome that was playing in front of Carpenter placed an 11-minute emergency call and sounded unsure about how the injury occurred.

“He fell on a golf club or something,” the caller reportedly said. “He’s passed out once already. We’ve got his artery clamped with our hand. We don’t know this guy. They were golfers behind us. He’s not in our group.”

Carpenter said the attacker tried to hit him in the head with a club before stabbing him, and he grabbed the club and snapped it. If the caller was playing ahead of the threesome that was trying to play through and was present when the brawl broke out, it would be tough to imagine he does not know what happened. Somebody should remind these people that golf is just a game.

H/T Devil Ball Golf

Dustin Penner’s Hurt His Back When he Stretched to Eat Pancakes

The headline says it all. LA Kings winger Dustin Penner was sent home from practice Saturday with a tight back. How did his back get hurt? When he stretched to eat pancakes in the morning.

“Apparently it’s one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made,” Penner explained to Kings Insider.

“It’s just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident, and not something that’s going to become chronic.”

Most sports fans were probably unfamiliar with Penner, and I’m guessing this isn’t the way he wanted to become known. If anything can comfort Dustin in this difficult time, it’s knowing that there are plenty more weird injuries where this came from, many much worse than this.

Quentin Richardson Missed Magic Game After Icing His Ankle Caused Irritation

Quentin Richardson already wasn’t much of a factor for the Magic, but now he’s just embarrassing himself. The Orlando small forward missed Friday night’s home loss to the Bulls because of a problem with his ankle.

You ready for this?

Richardson was icing his ankle and that apparently caused irritation on his heel. Because of the irritated heel, he was inactive for the team’s game.

Q is only averaging 2.3 points and 13 minutes per game, so it’s not as if the Magic missed him. But this is easily the lamest reason for missing a game since Samardo Samuels’ lost passport.

H/T Hot Clicks, SB Nation

Manny Harris Waived by Cavs After Suffering Freezer Burn on Foot

A blunder by former Michigan basketball player Manny Harris cost him a shot at a roster spot with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Harris was waived by the Cavs last week after being unable to practice because of an injury to his right foot. The guard suffered freezer burn on his foot after stepping into a Cryon-X cooling chamber. Cryotherapy chambers have become popular with athletes recently, but Harris reportedly made the mistake of walking in with a wet sock.

Harris tweeted two weeks ago “2nd degree burn on my foot, havent practiced with the team yet, got injured in a way that was totally out of my control!!”

Sounds like the injury may have been his fault, contrary to what he says. What sucks is that he was unable to be treated by the team’s doctors because of the lockout, delaying his possible recovery. Cleveland lost its season opener 104-96 Monday without him. That’s a pretty painful way to learn a tough lesson.

UCLA Forward Travis Wear Injures Foot While Snorkeling

Things are not looking up for the UCLA men’s basketball team. Their last two losses — in fairness — came against ranked opponents, but a 1-4 start is not exactly what the Bruins were hoping for to kick off the 2011-2012 season. To make matters worse, they became the latest victim of the weird injury bug on Thursday when leading scorer Travis Wear hurt his foot.

According to the L.A. Times, the sophomore forward was snorkeling in Hawaii when he cut his foot and needed five stitches.  Apparently the Maui Invitational did not include a presentation about the dangers of coral and how deceptively sharp it can be.  Of course you’re going to snorkel when you score a free trip to Hawaii, but at least know some basic guidelines before you embark.

Wear missed practice on Saturday and is scheduled to be reevaluated on Monday.  Athletes really need to start paying more attention when they’re around sharp things.  With important games on the line, we can’t have guys slicing their hands open with scissors and injuring their hands trying to clean a blender.  Didn’t these guys learn anything about safety when they were growing up?