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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Weird 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.

Marcus Smart lacerated his hand hitting picture frame, out two weeks

Marcus Smart

We are three months into the NBA season and may now finally have a nominee for the strangest injury of the year.

The Boston Celtics announced on Friday that guard Marcus Smart suffered right hand lacerations from “a non-basketball incident” before Wednesday’s win over the Clippers in Los Angeles. The team adds that he is expected to miss approximately two weeks but has since returned to Boston.

Smart filled in some of the details himself on Twitter, offering an apology and saying that he hurt his hand punching a picture frame on the wall.

Smart, 23, is averaging 10.1 points and 4.7 assists per game this season. He sat out the Clippers game with the injury, and it may be worth noting that he committed a bad play to lose the game the night before against the LA Lakers.

The laceration was apparently serious enough to send Smart to the hospital, and now it looks like he will be sidelined until just before the All-Star break.

Brandon Finnegan has surgery after tearing labrum in away-from-field fall

The Cincinnati Reds are stumbling their way through a 37-48 campaign that has them currently dead last in the NL Central, and now they have an unfortunate non-baseball injury to add to their list of woes.’s Mark Sheldon says Friday that Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan had surgery to repair a torn right labrum he suffered in a fall away from the field.

The 24-year-old Finnegan had gone 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts in four starts for the Reds this season.

The Reds have certainly had some strange injury breaks in the last several months, and losing a quality young left-hander in an aging, righty-heavy, and otherwise awful rotation definitely won’t help matters any.

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Terron Armstead suffered labrum tear in bag drill

The old adage of “bags don’t hit back” may no longer be true.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday, New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief revealed that fellow tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum while hitting a bag during individual drills.

Armstead, who was projected to start at left tackle for the Saints this season, was given this lengthy recovery timetable after suffering the injury earlier this week. The former Pro Bowler is a near-irreplaceable part of the New Orleans offensive line, and the way in which he was hurt will only sting all the more.

Madison Bumgarner expected to miss 6-8 weeks after dirt bike accident

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner suffered an injury in a rather unique way that will probably annoy his bosses.

The Giants placed Bumgarner on the 10-day disabled list on Friday after the pitcher sustained rib and shoulder injuries in what the team described as a dirt bike accident.

FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

For the struggling Giants, who sit at 6-10, this is unwelcome news. Bumgarner is the team’s ace, and without him, they’ll find it a little bit harder to get back on track. It’s not just the injury but the nature of it — it sounds like this was quite avoidable. Bumgarner’s a country boy, though, and he’s gonna do what he wants — unless the Giants can get a clause prohibiting him from riding dirt bikes into his next contract. They may want to.

Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias could miss start of season after slipping in shower

A home mishap could keep Cincinnati Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias sidelined for the start of the 2017 season.

According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday, Iglesias slipped in the shower three weeks ago, resulting in a bone bruise in his pitching elbow and soreness in both his hips. He reportedly will not resume throwing again for another several days, and Reds manager Bryan Price was quoted as saying that Iglesias may not be ready for Opening Day.

The 27-year-old reliever made 37 appearances for the Reds in 2016, going 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA, six saves, and seven holds. He figures to play a key role out of the Cincinnati bullpen this season with very few quality arms to choose from.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an athlete get hurt from slipping in the shower in the last few months, and the hope here is that Iglesias won’t have to open the 2017 campaign on the disabled list.

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