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 MLB.com 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 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.”
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 8, 2019
Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that an eye infection was the cause behind Young’s exit.
Trae Young has to leave Team USA camp because of a minor eye infection, sources said. He’d been playing well on the Select Team last few days.
As an aside with De’Aaron Fox already promoted to senior team, I’m looking forward to Select coach Jeff Van Gundy playing some PG today
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 8, 2019
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.
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.
Austin Riley has an injured knee ligament, severity unknown, will be checked by #Braves doctors back in Atlanta. He’s going on IL. Was injured while warming up in weight room before Tuesday game, but only stiffened overnight, Snitker said.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 7, 2019
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.
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.
Cameron Maybin felt a "pop" in his left calf running around third base on Gary Sánchez's home run, per Boone. Described as a strain.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 22, 2019
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.
GARY SANCHEZ IS THE BEST CATCHER IN BASEBALL!!! pic.twitter.com/4fmTSYhvLS
— Mehtaphors (@mehtaphors1) June 22, 2019
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.
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 MLB.com. “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.
Chalk up another one for the weird baseball injuries.
The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Tuesday that they had placed pitcher Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday. The reigning Cy Young winner is expected to miss a start. But that’s only part of the story.
The real story is how Snell got hurt.
Tampa Bay Times Rays reporter Marc Topkin says Snell decided to move a decorative stand in his bathroom on Sunday that he didn’t realize was in two parts. The bottom piece fell on his right foot. He has a fractured fourth toe on his right foot.
#Rays Snell said he was getting out of the shower Sunday night, decided then to move a decorative stand in the bathroom that he didn’t realize was in 2 parts, and as he lifted it the bottom piece, made of granite, fell on his right foot. That fourth toe is a bruised red mess. https://t.co/KHUOk5FcBL
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 16, 2019
Missing Snell for a start is a tough break (literally) for the Rays, but they’ll hope that’s all he misses.
The 26-year-old southpaw has picked up where he left off following last year’s season where he went 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA. He’s 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA this season and has a league-best 36 strikeouts. He’s only allowed one run over this last three starts.
After a 2018 season where their pitchers were pan-fried by injury, that now appears to be taking on a very literal connotation for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media on Friday that newly-signed reliever Joe Kelly said he hurt his back because he stood for too long while cooking Cajun food, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Dave Roberts said Joe Kelly told him he hurt his back while standing too long cooking Cajun food.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 8, 2019
The 30-year-old Kelly signed with the Dodgers on a three-year, $25 million deal this offseason. He posted a 4.39 ERA with 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings last season for the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series with them.
While there have been other strange food-related injuries in baseball lately, hopefully that andouille sausage was well worth it for Kelly.