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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Weird Injuries

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac sprained his ankle during uniform-unveiling event

Orlando Magic big man Jonathan Isaac is missing Friday’s game due to a rather bizarre reason.

Isaac, who was held out of the team’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained ankle, suffered the injury during the team’s City Edition uniform-unveiling event, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

The 22-year-old Isaac, an ex-No. 6 overall pick, has had a strong start to the year with 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and a near-NBA-best 2.8 blocks per game.

Rolling an ankle at a uniform-unveiling event has to be a first, but it’s not the first time that a current Magic player has gotten hurt in a weird way.

Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera hurt his ankle getting thrown out at the plate

Washington Nationals

Asdrubal Cabrera sure had a sequence to forget on Saturday against Miami.

The Washington Nationals infielder was thrown out at home plate in the fourth inning of the eventual 10-4 victory over the Marlins and immediately came up hobbling, ultimately going straight to the locker room. Here is video:

Cabrera would return to the game though, picking up an RBI base hit in the fifth inning and then another single in the eighth. At that point however, he came out of the contest for a pinch-runner. Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reported afterwards that Cabrera indeed injured his ankle on the slide and would be re-evaluated in the morning.

The former All-Star has been one of the Nationals’ most productive hitters of late (batting .308 in 30 games since signing with them), so they can ill afford to lose Cabrera amid their battle for a Wild Card spot in the NL. You have to wonder though if this is the worst way a Nationals player has injured himself.

Yankees’ Tommy Kahnle had hand checked after slamming sunflower seed bin

New York Yankees

Even in a season that has been riddled with injuries for them, the New York Yankees still managed to find a new and creative one this week.

Bryan Hoch of reported on Thursday that Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle needed to have his hand checked after slamming it into the plastic sunflower seed bin in the dugout during their game against the Detroit Tigers. Manager Aaron Boone did later say though that he thinks Kahnle was OK.

The veteran Kahnle gave up two earned runs in one inning of work, which would explain his frustration. He also had been battling wrist tendinitis in recent days, and it is unclear if it was in the same hand that he slammed the bin with.

The MLB-best Yankees also had another injury scare during Thursday’s game, but that one was a little bit more of a laughing matter.

Trae Young had to withdraw from Team USA due to eye infection

Trae Young

Trae Young has become the latest big name to withdraw from USA Basketball this summer, but his departure is due to a much more unusual reason.

The Atlanta Hawks guard announced on Thursday “with deep sadness” that he was leaving Team USA minicamp to deal with “a minor injury.”

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that an eye infection was the cause behind Young’s exit.

The 20-year-old guard, who had a strong chance to make the final cut due to his stellar play combined with Team USA’s lack of backcourt depth, now has about a month-and-a-half to get right before the Hawks begin training camp.

Eye injuries can adversely affect play (as we once saw with another top guard), so it sounds like Young’s decision to withdraw from the team is for the best.

Braves phenom Austin Riley injured knee warming up in weight room

Atlanta Braves logo

Austin Riley gave an unfortunate new meaning to leg day this week.

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters Wednesday that the 22-year-old phenom hurt a knee ligament while warming up in the weight room on Tuesday and will be placed on the IL, per The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

Riley had burst onto the scene for the Braves this season, smacking 17 homers and 45 RBIs in just 66 games and winning NL Rookie of the Month for May.

Such weight room-related injuries, while lamentable, are not entirely unheard of among baseball players — it even once happened to another Brave.

Yankees’ Cameron Maybin strained calf rounding bases after teammate’s home run

New York Yankees

Cameron Maybin had a stroke of rather unfortunate luck during Friday’s game against the Houston Astros.

The New York Yankees outfielder strained his calf in the third inning as he rounded third base following teammate Gary Sanchez’s home run, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Maybin, who had singled and was on first immediately before the homer, said afterwards that he felt a “pop” in the calf.

To add insult to literal injury, Sanchez’s blast was a no-doubter, meaning that Maybin’s injury came on a slow trot around the bases.

The veteran Maybin, who is hitting a stellar .308 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 41 games this season for the Yankees, will now be headed to the IL.

As for his injury, while unlucky, it is actually not unprecedented for baseball.

Carlos Correa says he fractured rib during home massage

Carlos Correa

Though we are just two months into the 2019 campaign, Carlos Correa may already have the award for strangest injury of the season on lock.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Houston Astros shortstop, who landed on the injured list this week with a fractured rib, revealed that he suffered the fracture during a massage at his home.

“I’m extremely disappointed about not being on the field with my teammates,” said Correa in the statement, per Brian McTaggart of “I sustained the rib fracture during a massage at my home on Tuesday.

“To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating,” he added. “However, I will work hard to get back on the field as quickly as possible to help our team achieve our goal of winning another championship.”

The former All-Star Correa, who is hitting .295 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 50 games this season, is expected to miss an extended period with the injury.

As for the manner in which he sustained the fracture, perhaps it will have other MLB massage enthusiasts thinking twice before indulging in them.