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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Weird Injuries

Top Royals prospect hurt himself getting out of bed

Kansas City Royals players seem to keep finding the oddest ways to injure themselves this season, even their minor leaguers.

According to a report by Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star on Thursday, top Royals prospect Bubba Starling dislocated his left index finger as he stumbled getting out of bed. Starling, who had been recovering from an oblique injury for the last two months, had to undergo surgery on the finger, which was said to be “completely bent backwards.” His return to the Class-AAA Omaha Storm Chasers is now expected to be delayed another six weeks.

Starling was taken by the Royals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, ahead of the likes of Francisco Lindor, Javy Baez, and George Springer. The 25-year-old outfielder has yet to make his major league debut.

If there’s any good news here, it’s that Starling bats and throws righty, so the injury was not to his dominant hand. Still though, it’s getting pretty eerie just how many Royals have hurt themselves in bizarre circumstances recently.

Rangers’ Gallo scratched after batting practice mishap

Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo was not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers after a bizarre mishap during batting practice.

Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake tweeted that Gallo was scratched after colliding with teammate Delino DeShields Jr in the outfield during batting practice. After originally saying that Gallo had a “little” blurred vision, Blake later added that Gallo suffered a contusion to his left eye and would be undergoing further examination.

The 24-year-old Gallo is one of the Rangers’ prized young talents and has already hit 21 home runs this season after clubbing 41 of them in 2017.

Gallo was also involved in another collision with a teammate last season that landed him in the concussion protocol. He was out of the lineup for a total of seven games as a result.

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

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

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.