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.
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 Reds announce that Eugenio Suárez had surgery Tuesday to remove loose cartilage in his right shoulder, an injury suffered recently in a swimming pool. Suárez's physical activity will be limited at the start of camp; he'll be ready to play toward the beginning of the season.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 28, 2020
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.
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.
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.
PJ Washington said he hasn't been given a timetable for when he'll be able to return. Said he got injured when Miles threw the ball at him following a 5-second violation. Asked him if Miles said sorry. PJ said, "Nah, he just told me to catch the ball and I'm like." pic.twitter.com/NZ3PSTad7n
— Rod Boone (@rodboone) December 20, 2019
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.
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.
Orlando Magic big man Jonathan Isaac is missing Friday’s game due to a rather bizarre reason.
Isaac, who was held out of the team’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained ankle, suffered the injury during the team’s City Edition uniform-unveiling event, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
The 22-year-old Isaac, an ex-No. 6 overall pick, has had a strong start to the year with 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and a near-NBA-best 2.8 blocks per game.
Rolling an ankle at a uniform-unveiling event has to be a first, but it’s not the first time that a current Magic player has gotten hurt in a weird way.
Asdrubal Cabrera sure had a sequence to forget on Saturday against Miami.
The Washington Nationals infielder was thrown out at home plate in the fourth inning of the eventual 10-4 victory over the Marlins and immediately came up hobbling, ultimately going straight to the locker room. Here is video:
@Marlins CF Magneuris Sierra makes a beautiful play at the plate!
— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) September 21, 2019
Cabrera would return to the game though, picking up an RBI base hit in the fifth inning and then another single in the eighth. At that point however, he came out of the contest for a pinch-runner. Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reported afterwards that Cabrera indeed injured his ankle on the slide and would be re-evaluated in the morning.
The former All-Star has been one of the Nationals’ most productive hitters of late (batting .308 in 30 games since signing with them), so they can ill afford to lose Cabrera amid their battle for a Wild Card spot in the NL. You have to wonder though if this is the worst way a Nationals player has injured himself.