After a 2018 season where their pitchers were pan-fried by injury, that now appears to be taking on a very literal connotation for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media on Friday that newly-signed reliever Joe Kelly said he hurt his back because he stood for too long while cooking Cajun food, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Dave Roberts said Joe Kelly told him he hurt his back while standing too long cooking Cajun food.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 8, 2019
The 30-year-old Kelly signed with the Dodgers on a three-year, $25 million deal this offseason. He posted a 4.39 ERA with 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings last season for the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series with them.
While there have been other strange food-related injuries in baseball lately, hopefully that andouille sausage was well worth it for Kelly.
The New York Giants placed Jawill Davis on injured reserve Saturday with a dislocated kneecap. His injury isn’t necessarily the story; how he got injured is.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Davis suffered the injury while dancing in the locker room.
#Giants WR Jawill Davis, placed on Injured Reserve a few minutes ago, actually suffered a dislocated patella while dancing in the locker room, sources say. That’s a new one. The dislocation is said to be slight. But still, his season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2018
Davis only had 4 catches for 40 yards this season, so this isn’t a huge loss. But it might be a lesson for Davis on how to better watch himself.
We can now officially add this to our list of weird injuries.
Chris Sale pulled a fast one on the media this weekend.
On Saturday, Sale blamed a belly button ring for causing irritation and putting him in the hospital, subsequently keeping him from starting Game 5 of the ALCS.
Chris Sale says he’s feeling better.
Asked what caused the stomach illness, he said, “I had irritation from a belly button ring. Constantly taking it in and out caused irritation. Doctors and nurses at MGH were awesome. Things happen. You handle them. And keep moving forward.”
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) October 20, 2018
Sale did not appear to be joking when he said this, though he later told a teammate he would try to pull a huge practical joke.
The Red Sox had chalked Sale’s absence up to a “stomach illness.”
He’s apparently good to go for Game 1 of the World Series, and we assume the team will ask him to stay away from belly button rings until the season is over, at the very least.
- Chris Sale
Justin Upton was placed on the 10-day DL because of a laceration on his finger, and now we know what led to the injury.
The OC Register’s Jeff Fletcher reported on Tuesday that Upton cut his finger on a broken wine glass.
Upton said he cut his finger on a broken wine glass at his home in Arizona on Sunday night. He got 4 stitches. #Angels
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 21, 2018
That explains why he did not play on Sunday.
The 30-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Angels in a trade last season. They signed him to a 5-year, $108 million contract after the year. He has batted .267 with 26 home runs and an .826 OPS this season — inline with his career averages.
The Angels recalled Jabari Blash in a corresponding move.
- Justin Upton
Dereck Rodriguez wound up as collateral damage of Tuesday night’s fight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The San Francisco Giants right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rodriguez suffered the injury during the aforementioned benches-clearing brawl with the Dodgers.
Rodriguez hurt the hamstring during the altercation Tuesday. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 17, 2018
Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley were the primary combatants in the incident, which occurred in the seventh inning of the eventual 2-1 Giants win. Puig got a fine and a two-game suspension as a result, while Hundley was also fined.
As for Rodriguez, who holds a 2.25 ERA in 12 starts this year and is the son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, his injury is not quite unprecedented. Earlier this season, we saw another pitcher get hurt under very similar circumstances.
Dellin Betances’ first outing in the month of August sounded a little painful.
The New York Yankees reliever had to be checked out by trainers during Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with an apparent finger injury. Meredith Marakovits of YES Network revealed the strange circumstances of the injury — Betances cut the finger with his nail a couple of appearances ago.
Trainers looking at Dellin Betances’ finger. He told me he cut that ring finger with his nail a couple of outings ago. Said he was fine at the time but could have aggravated it #yankees
— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) August 6, 2018
Betances, who entered play Sunday with a 2.40 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 44 games, did manage to complete his outing. After hitting the first batter he faced with a pitch, he sent down the next three straight, striking out two.
Hopefully though, Betances won’t have to change up his repertoire as we recently saw with another reliever who had a similar injury.
Kansas City Royals players seem to keep finding the oddest ways to injure themselves this season, even their minor leaguers.
According to a report by Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star on Thursday, top Royals prospect Bubba Starling dislocated his left index finger as he stumbled getting out of bed. Starling, who had been recovering from an oblique injury for the last two months, had to undergo surgery on the finger, which was said to be “completely bent backwards.” His return to the Class-AAA Omaha Storm Chasers is now expected to be delayed another six weeks.
Starling was taken by the Royals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, ahead of the likes of Francisco Lindor, Javy Baez, and George Springer. The 25-year-old outfielder has yet to make his major league debut.
If there’s any good news here, it’s that Starling bats and throws righty, so the injury was not to his dominant hand. Still though, it’s getting pretty eerie just how many Royals have hurt themselves in bizarre circumstances recently.