When it comes to odd baseball injuries — and there are many of them — this one certainly belongs at the top of the list.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Josh Reddick was out of the lineup for the team’s 18-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday so he could let his injured finger heal. And just how did the injury occur? When Reddick was ordering room service.
Josh Reddick hurt his finger when his hand got caught in a door last night while ordering room service. "This is rock bottom," he cracked.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 22, 2016
Baseball players, man. Just put them in bubble wrap and only unwrap them when it’s time for the actual game.
Reddick’s injury was termed as a jammed middle finger. Dodgers reporter Andy McCullough speculates that Reddick may also get Tuesday’s game off with the Dodgers facing Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
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Of all the bizarre, random, and weird injuries we’ve ever shared at LBS, this belongs towards the top.
Taylor Heinicke, a third-string quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, could be out up to three months after severing a tendon in his left foot this month.
The second-year quarterback from Old Dominion saw “The Conjuring 2” with a friend. The two returned to the friend’s home and realized they were locked out, so Heinicke tried kicking the door open. His plan failed.
Heinicke talked about the incident Thursday from Vikings camp.
“I was locked out of my house after a late-night movie,” Heinicke said via the Pioneer Press. “I came back and there’s no one home, and I’m trying to nudge the door a little. It was one of those double doors. I thought it just needed a little nudge.
“Me and my buddy were getting it going a little, but when I put my foot to the door, my foot kind of slipped and it went through a window. It was just kind of a freak accident. I’m very embarrassed, but I’m just excited getting going with rehab and trying to get this going as soon as possible.”
ESPN’s Ben Goessling says there was no foul play involved in the incident.
The Vikings are planning to open the season with Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill atop their depth chart at quarterback. They also have Joel Stave in camp. And thanks to a bizarre window incident, they’ll be missing Heinicke for some time. I guess this at least sounds better than how Russell Martin was recently injured.
There is an epidemic of weird injuries ripping through baseball, with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin the latest victim.
According to manager John Gibbons, Martin will miss a few days after injuring his knee in the shower — because he became lightheaded from staying in the sauna for too long.
Gibbons on Martin:Russ was in sauna yesterday, was in too long, got lightheaded, fell in shower & hurt knee. Needs couple days off #BlueJays
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 22, 2016
Martin clarified his status, saying he passed out because he hadn’t eaten enough.
Martin: Stayed in the sauna too long, didn't eat enough. Passed out in the shower. No concussion, no structural damage to knee. #Bluejays
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) July 22, 2016
Be careful when showering after a trip to the sauna, everyone. It’s dangerous. Not as dangerous as a broken beer mug, but still dangerous.
The Cleveland Indians probably didn’t think that they would have to worry about reliever Tommy Hunter’s sense of balance this season.
Hunter has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of a vertebra in his lower back. The apparent culprit of his injury? A fall down the stairs at home while carrying his child.
“He had a little mishap at home during the break,” said Tribe manager Terry Francona on Sunday, per Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. “He was carrying his child, missed a step and banged his back trying to protect his child.
“He called the trainers, but thought he’d be OK in a couple of days,” Francona continued. “We tried to protect him the last couple of days, but he was out there throwing Saturday and feeling it.”
The 30-year-old Hunter has a 2-2 record with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 21 appearances for the Indians this season. Hopefully while Hunter is recovering, he’ll get an Edible Arrangement delivered to his house courtesy of David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain.
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Texas Rangers left-handed reliever Jake Diekman will have a hard time living down the strange injury he suffered recently.
Diekman lacerated his left index finger, landing him on the disabled list retroactive to July 6, according to the Associated Press. The reliever suffered the injury when he was cut by a piece of glass from a broken beer mug in his luggage.
The mug, purchased from Cheers in Boston, was a souvenir that had broken in his bag.
Diekman won’t miss much time, but he’s going to be hearing about this one for a while. Sure, there is precedent for strange non-baseball related finger injuries, but this one in particular is rather amusing.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon is headed for the disabled list due to a sprained wrist, and the way he suffered the injury is causing him some embarrassment.
Rodon hurt his wrist Friday night when he braced himself after slipping on the dugout steps while coming out for the national anthem.
“It’s very frustrating,” Rodon said Saturday, via Jeff Arnold of the Chicago Sun-Times. “There’s not much you can do. (It’s) tough. I got my butt whipped (in his last start) by the Yankees and then I slipped coming out of the dugout.”
Rodon said that his teammates have been rather merciful about giving him grief about the injury given the severity of it.
“I’m not going to lie, I was a little embarrassed,” Rodon said. “I was like, ‘I hope no one saw that.’ I got out there and was like just laughing when the anthem was going on. I came back in and sat down and I was like, ‘uh, alright, this kind of hurts a little bit.’
“(It’s a) bad break, man, there’s nothing you can do. Trust me, I didn’t want this to happen either.”
Rodon has struggled of late, and his ERA has ballooned to 4.50 on the season. He may be comforted to find that there are stranger ways to hurt one’s hand or wrist than that.
- Carlos Rodon
After spending the first seven years of his major league career with the Twins, Brian Duensing is in his first with the Orioles, one that will include a lengthy absence as a result of a freak injury.
The Orioles played the Rangers on Monday in a make up game for one that was postponed due to rain in mid-April. It was during that game the Baltimore relief pitcher felt discomfort in his elbow after adjusting in his bullpen chair.
“It was in Texas,” Duensing told MASN Sports. “About the second inning. I was sitting on a chair and I just kind of rolled over and felt something weird. Next thing you know it was swollen and I couldn’t move it. Next thing you know, I was in the training room and didn’t really do anything. I did nothing to it. Wasn’t throwing. I had played catch earlier that day and felt fine. I was just sitting there. I don’t know what happened.”
Baseball has become known for its players suffering injuries in peculiar ways. Jose Bautista recently hit the disabled list after jamming his toe on on outfield wall. Last year, Drew Storen broke his thumb slamming a locker door and Curt Casali strained his hamstring during his home run trot.
Next up for Duensing is arthroscopic surgery, which will likely keep him sidelined anywhere from four to eight weeks. The 33-year-old has appeared in seven games this season and posted a 5.40 ERA since making his debut for the Orioles earlier this month.
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