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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Weird Injuries

Jose Quintana needed surgery for odd hand injury

The 2020 MLB season may be significantly shorter, but we are still getting a full year’s helping of bizarre player injuries.

The Chicago Cubs released a statement Thursday revealing that lefty pitcher Jose Quintana suffered a laceration on his throwing thumb while washing dishes at home. The injury required five stitches, and Quintana subsequently had the thumb surgically repaired after a lacerated digital sensory nerve was identified. He is expecting to resume throwing in two weeks.

The 31-year-old Quintana went 13-9 for the Cubs last season with a 4.68 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 32 appearances. He will be a free agent after the 2020 campaign, making his performance this season particularly crucial.

Quintana will probably be off dish duty for the foreseeable future, but at least he can take solace in knowing that the mishap was not nearly as embarrassing as this fellow pitcher’s food-related finger injury.

Texas safety BJ Foster fractured hand punching car bumper

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Texas safety B.J. Foster suffered an odd injury.

Longhorns head coach Tom Herman said on Thursday that Foster fractured a bone in his hand hitting his car bumper. Someone apparently hit Foster’s car and didn’t leave a note, leading Foster to hit the bumper in anger.

Foster is entering his junior season for the Longhorns. He had 46 tackles in 2018 and 34 in 2019. He also has four sacks and two interceptions in his career. And hopefully he’ll be able to heal up without much of an issue.

Rangers P James Jones out for season with knee injury after tripping on son’s toy

The nationwide stay-at-home orders have led to some unforeseen hazards, which Texas Rangers pitcher James Jones learned the hard way this week.

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reported Thursday that Jones tore his right patellar tendon when he tripped on one of his son’s toys and fell. The 31-year-old has since undergone surgery and is expected to be out until spring training 2021.

Jones is on his third separate stint in the Rangers organization but has yet to see time for them at the big-league level. He previously played as an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners before transitioning full-time to pitching in 2016.

Coincidentally enough, Jones’ injury is actually fairly similar to one once suffered by another lefty pitcher in the AL West division.

Eugenio Suarez undergoes shoulder surgery due to swimming pool injury

We have our first weird injury of the 2020 MLB season.

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a loose cartilage from his right shoulder, and he will be limited for the start of spring camp. The injury came as a result of an unspecified swimming pool injury.

The lack of detail about how the injury came about only makes it more intriguing, but for now we’ll be left to imagine how Suarez hurt his shoulder in a swimming pool.

The Reds, who have made big moves ahead of the 2020 season, can’t really afford to lose Suarez to start the season. He was key to their offense last year, hitting .271 with 49 home runs. If the Reds contend like they hope to in 2020, he will be a big part of why.

Report: Yoenis Cespedes injured ankle at ranch sidestepping wild boar

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Yoenis Cespedes missed all of last season with an ankle injury that came as he was recovering from surgery to both of his heels. Now we know how he suffered the injury.

At the time he initially suffered the injury, the public was informed that Cespedes was hurt at his ranch. The New York Post published a story on Friday that provides more background to the matter.

The Post’s Joel Sherman, Ken Davidoff and Mike Puma say Cespedes was hurt stepping into a hole at his ranch during an interaction with a wild boar. A wild boar. Yes, a wild boar.

From the Post:

According to multiple people who were informed of the incident, Cespedes has traps on his ranch for a variety of reasons, including to keep boars away from people. But one boar was removed from a trap — perhaps by Cespedes — and either charged toward Cespedes or startled him, causing Cespedes to step into a hole.

And just like that, Cespedes fractured his ankle.

Cespedes’ status for 2019 was already in question due to the heel surgeries that ended his 2018 season, so the ankle injury on top of it did not help matters.

The Commissioners Office and Players Association got involved in the situation because the Mets wanted to withhold salary from Cespedes, feeling he may have violated terms of his contract with the way he got hurt. The two sides ended up agreeing to a salary adjustment for 2020. Cespedes has only played in 119 games since signing a 4-year, $110 million contract extension with the Mets prior to the 2017 season. 2020 will be his final year under contract with the team.

Hornets’ PJ Washington was injured when teammate threw ball at him

Charlotte Hornets rookie PJ Washington is out indefinitely with a fractured finger, and now he is revealing the strange way that he suffered the injury.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, the 21-year-old forward said that he was hurt when teammate Miles Bridges threw the ball at him after a five-second violation in last week’s win over the Chicago Bulls. Washington also joked that Bridges wasn’t particularly sorry about it, per Rod Boone of The Athletic.

Washington, who is averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his first professional season, has since undergone surgery to repair that fractured fifth finger on his right hand.

Bridges might owe Washington dinner on the road at some point, but this is not even the weirdest way that an NBA player has gotten hurt this season.

Marcus Morris injured neck when baby son jumped on him

New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris has missed the last couple of games due to an unconventional reason.

Morris, who sat out losses to Boston and Milwaukee this week with a neck issue, told reporters on Wednesday that he suffered the injury last week when his 1-year-old son jumped on him, per Ian Begley of SportsNet New York. Morris added that he tried to play through the injury during a loss to Philadelphia on Friday, only for it to worsen.

The 30-year-old Morris, who signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks this past summer, is averaging career-highs this season in points (18.7), rebounds (6.2), and blocks (0.6) per game.

While the circumstances were certainly bizarre, Morris is not the first athlete to get hurt in the course of his fatherly duties.