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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Weird Injuries

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

Yoenis Cespedes Mets

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.

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac sprained his ankle during uniform-unveiling event

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.

Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera hurt his ankle getting thrown out at the plate

Washington Nationals

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:

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.

Yankees’ Tommy Kahnle had hand checked after slamming sunflower seed bin

New York Yankees

Even in a season that has been riddled with injuries for them, the New York Yankees still managed to find a new and creative one this week.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported on Thursday that Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle needed to have his hand checked after slamming it into the plastic sunflower seed bin in the dugout during their game against the Detroit Tigers. Manager Aaron Boone did later say though that he thinks Kahnle was OK.

The veteran Kahnle gave up two earned runs in one inning of work, which would explain his frustration. He also had been battling wrist tendinitis in recent days, and it is unclear if it was in the same hand that he slammed the bin with.

The MLB-best Yankees also had another injury scare during Thursday’s game, but that one was a little bit more of a laughing matter.