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Angels infielder suffers bizarre heat pack-related injury

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Apr 15, 2020; Anaheim, California, USA; General overall view of the Los Angeles Angels logo at Angel Stadium of Anaheim amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Los Angeles Angels are seemingly inventing new types of misfortune.

Angels infielder Miguel Sano, who has been out since April with a knee injury, suffered an unusual setback this week. Sano left a heat pack on his knee for too long without any padding and accidentally burned himself, per Sam Blum of The Athletic. Sano’s return will now be delayed by a couple more days as a result.

The former All-Star Sano, who had not previously played in Major League Baseball since the 2022 season, looked decent in 21 games for the Angels this season before getting hurt. He was hitting .262 with a .713 OPS. But Sano has now missed a month and counting with his knee issue, which is one of many injury woes that the fifth-place 20-32 Angels have already experienced this season.

As for heat packs, this hasn’t exactly been a great year for them. Earlier this month, we saw an NBA guard get disciplined for throwing a heat pack onto the court during live play.

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