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Friday, June 5, 2020

Weird Injuries

Cyrus Kouandjio undergoes hip surgery after falling at home

The offseason isn’t treating Cyrus Kouandjio all that well.

According to Chris Brown of the team’s official website, the 322-pound offensive tackle underwent hip surgery on Wednesday after suffering a fall at his home and is out until training camp.

Kouandjio, 23, was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft after winning two national titles and being named an All-American in college at Alabama. He started five games for the Bills last year and was projected to compete for a full-time starting tackle job in 2017.

Home accidents seem to be becoming more common in the NFL these days, so let’s hope that Kouandjio is healed up in time for the start of the season.

Image via Cyrus Kouandjio on Twitter

Kelly Olynyk injured his ankle tripping over little kid

The luck of the Irish was certainly not with Kelly Olynyk this weekend.

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, the Boston Celtics center rolled his right ankle tripping over a little kid while warming up for practice on Sunday and was unable to participate.

Jay King of MassLive.com adds that the child in question was one of the assistant coach’s sons. Apparently, the Celtics have something of a family environment and are often in the presence of a number of children, be they players’ kids, coaches’ kids, or otherwise.

Olynyk, 25, is averaging 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game this season. The Celtics play the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, and it’s now unclear if Olynyk will be able to suit up for that contest. But at the very least, Olynyk probably has Cole Hamels going, “I know that feel, bro.”

Image via Kelly Olynyk on Instagram

Matt Wieters suffered arm injury in ‘household accident’


Free agent catcher Matt Wieters is going to miss some offseason workout time after he suffered a left forearm injury. But this isn’t just any forearm injury — it’s one you would only expect from a pro baseball player.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Wieters sustained a cut on his left forearm that required stitches after a “household accident.” Wieters will be sidelined for a while, but he is expected to be able to resume baseball activities at some point in January.

Wieters, 30, is the top free agent catcher on the market. He made four All-Star teams during his eight-year tenure with the Baltimore Orioles and won two gold gloves. He accepted a qualifying offer from the team last winter, but the O’s chose not to extend him one this year.

For whatever reason, these bizarre injuries seem most common among baseball players. Heck, one MLB outfielder managed to injure himself while ordering room service last season. Wieters is fortunate his injury occurred very early in the offseason.

H/T Hardball Talk

Dexter McCluster out for year after breaking arm in home accident


The San Diego Chargers keep finding new and creative ways to get injured this season, but this one may truly take the cake.

According to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Saturday, the Chargers have placed running back Dexter McCluster on the non-football injury list, ending his season. McCluster is said to have broken his forearm in an accident at home.

The 28-year-old McCluster signed with the Chargers in September and was mostly being used as a return specialist. He now becomes the third San Diego running back to suffer a season-ending injury in the last few months, joining Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver.

Perhaps more details will emerge in the next few days about the exact nature of McCluster’s home accident. But at least this fellow veteran back can empathize with him for now.

Image via Dexter McCluster on Instagram

H/T theScore

Trevor Bauer has ALCS start pushed back due to bizarre drone-related injury


Trevor Bauer will have to wait a bit longer to make what is likely the biggest start of his career.

The Cleveland Indians pitcher was originally slated to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he has seen that start pushed back a game due to an injury that required stitches to his finger.

The cause of the injury probably won’t please many within the organization.

Probably not the thing Cleveland would have liked Bauer to be doing days before a big postseason start. He’s kind of an offbeat guy, though. He’s probably going to do whatever it is he wants to do.

Russell Martin injured finger during postgame celebration, needed stitches


During the celebration after Tuesday’s wildcard game, a member of the Blue Jays injured himself while giving a high five.

The Blue Jays defeated the Orioles in dramatic fashion, thanks to a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion.

Not only did fans at Rogers Centre go crazy, but the Blue Jays did as well, understandably so. Sometime during the postgame celebration, Russell Martin picked up a cut on his finger that required stitches.

Thankfully, Martin doesn’t appear to be in any danger of missing Game 1 of the American League Division series against the Rangers, which gets underway Thursday. On the weird injury front, it’s yet another one for the Blue Jays catcher this season. See what happened to Martin as a result of sitting in a sauna too long here.

H/T HardballTalk

Joaquin Benoit tore his calf running out of bullpen in fight with Yankees

Joaquin Benoit Blue Jays

Joaquin Benoit will be out for some time after tearing his left calf muscle on Monday, but it’s not what happened so much as how it happened that’s the story.

Benoit’s Blue Jays got into a benches-clearing fight with the Yankees Monday, and the relief pitcher hurt himself running out from the bullpen to participate in the fracas, if you can believe that.

Things got heated between the sides after the Yankees hit Josh Donaldson. Toronto’s JA Happ responded by throwing at Chase Headley. Then the Jays threw at Justin Smoak, leading to the big brawl.

You can see Benoit limping off the field in this video:

Benoit had been nails for the Jays since being acquired in a trade. He was 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 23.2 innings with Toronto.

Forearm bash to Barstool Sports