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Friday, September 20, 2019

Weird Injuries

Mike Moustakas hurt his back lifting one of his kids

Mike Moustakas

The Kansas City Royals already have one of the worst records in baseball, and now their injury fortunes may quickly be following suit.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians due to back spasms. After the game (a 6-4 Kansas City loss), manager Ned Yost revealed that Moustakas hurt his back lifting one of his kids, per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.

Moustakas, the two-time All-Star, has been one of the lone bright spots for the 25-50 Royals this season, leading the team with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs.

The good news here is that Moustakas is only day-to-day. The bad news is that this isn’t even the most ridiculous way that a Royal has hurt himself this year.

Rangers P Chris Martin hurt his hamstring charging in from bullpen during brawl

Dodgers Rangers fight

Texas Rangers reliever Chris Martin paid the price for his show of team unity on Wednesday night.

The Rangers and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a fight during their series finale when Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp collided with Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos on a play at the plate in the third inning. Take a look:

After the game, an eventual 3-2 victory for the Dodgers, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Martin hurt his hamstring charging in from the bullpen when both benches emptied.

The 32-year-old Martin, who holds a 3.92 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23 appearances this season, has developed into a fairly steady late-inning option for the Rangers. On the bright side, at least his injury doesn’t sound nearly as bad as the one that Joaquin Benoit suffered under similar circumstances.

Angels’ Kaleb Cowart sprained his ankle stepping off the bus

The Los Angeles Angels’ injury luck is quickly going from bad to farcical.

On Friday, just hours after Angels star Shohei Ohtani was placed on the disabled list with a UCL sprain in his pitching elbow, manager Mike Scioscia told the media that infielder Kaleb Cowart sprained his ankle stepping off the team bus on Thursday, per Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com.

Cowart, 26, has been used sparingly so far this year, making just five total plate appearances and going back and forth between the Angels and Triple-A Salt Lake. He has since been placed on the disabled list with his injury as well.

After a scorching start to the 2018 season, the Angels are now just third in the American League West at 35-28 (though they have won their last four straight games). The injury bug is hitting them in full force right now, and Cowart isn’t even the first Angel to hurt himself on a literal misstep this week.

Mariners’ Ryan Cook hurt himself falling down dugout stairs

The Seattle Mariners have been climbing up the AL West standings in recent weeks, but on Tuesday, one of their relievers found himself falling … literally.

Mariners righty Ryan Cook had a mishap before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park when he fell down the dugout stairs. The 30-year-old was in some pain as a result of the fall, per the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

Fortunately however, Cook said shortly afterwards that he had gotten checked out by the training staff and would be fine.

The ex-All-Star Cook holds a 3.60 ERA with six strikeouts in six appearances for the Mariners so far this season. Cook was certainly fortunate here, both that he was OK and that his fall wasn’t caught on camera like this player’s was.

Red Sox P Carson Smith suffered injury in ridiculous way

Carson Smith

It looks like we can add Carson Smith to the growing list of oddest baseball injuries.

The 28-year-old Boston Red Sox reliever was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right shoulder subluxation. How did he hurt his shoulder? He injured it throwing his glove in the dugout after leaving the game on Monday after he surrendered a home run.

Smith called the injury a freak accident and believes the injury came up because his shoulder is fatigued.

““I think my shoulder’s tired in general, it’s just from pitching. I’ve thrown a lot lately and I think my arm was just tired,” Smith said, via NBC Boston’s Evan Drellich.

Smith has already gone through Tommy John surgery before, so he knows just how difficult the injury recovery process can be. Smith has 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings this season. His outing against Oakland aside, Smith had been quite reliable recently, so this no doubt hurts the team.

Smith now has a spot on our list of all-time weird sports injuries.

Top White Sox prospect Jake Burger re-tore Achilles while walking in backyard

White Sox

Top Chicago White Sox prospect Jake Burger re-injured himself in thoroughly unfortunate fashion this week.

Sox GM Rick Hahn told reporters Wednesday that Burger re-tore his Achilles tendon while walking in his backyard, per NBC Sports Chicago’s Leila Rahimi.

The 22-year-old Burger, a third baseman who was drafted by the White Sox in the first round No. 11 overall in 2017, originally ruptured the Achilles (his left one) while running to first base during a spring training game in February. He underwent surgery days later and was ruled out for the entire 2018 season.

Now that he has suffered a re-tear, Burger’s availability for the 2019 campaign may be in serious jeopardy as well. Unfortunately, baseball players hurting themselves at home seems to be all too common of an occurrence these days.

Yasiel Puig scratched from spring training game with injury caused by new shoes

Yasiel Puig

It’s understandable if MLB players aren’t quite in the best shape yet in the month of February, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig brought that to a whole new level this week.

Puig was scratched from the team’s spring opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts revealed that it was because of a hip injury caused by Puig’s new shoes, per Andy McCullough of the LA Times.

The 27-year-old Puig is coming off a resurgent 2017 campaign where he hit .263 with 28 home runs, 74 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases, all three of which were career-highs. It sounds like he may have some work to do over the next several weeks to get back into that form physically though. But hey, those shoes can be dangerous — just ask this fellow National Leaguer.