Though we are just two months into the 2019 campaign, Carlos Correa may already have the award for strangest injury of the season on lock.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Houston Astros shortstop, who landed on the injured list this week with a fractured rib, revealed that he suffered the fracture during a massage at his home.
“I’m extremely disappointed about not being on the field with my teammates,” said Correa in the statement, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I sustained the rib fracture during a massage at my home on Tuesday.
“To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating,” he added. “However, I will work hard to get back on the field as quickly as possible to help our team achieve our goal of winning another championship.”
The former All-Star Correa, who is hitting .295 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 50 games this season, is expected to miss an extended period with the injury.
As for the manner in which he sustained the fracture, perhaps it will have other MLB massage enthusiasts thinking twice before indulging in them.
Chalk up another one for the weird baseball injuries.
The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Tuesday that they had placed pitcher Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday. The reigning Cy Young winner is expected to miss a start. But that’s only part of the story.
The real story is how Snell got hurt.
Tampa Bay Times Rays reporter Marc Topkin says Snell decided to move a decorative stand in his bathroom on Sunday that he didn’t realize was in two parts. The bottom piece fell on his right foot. He has a fractured fourth toe on his right foot.
#Rays Snell said he was getting out of the shower Sunday night, decided then to move a decorative stand in the bathroom that he didn’t realize was in 2 parts, and as he lifted it the bottom piece, made of granite, fell on his right foot. That fourth toe is a bruised red mess. https://t.co/KHUOk5FcBL
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 16, 2019
Missing Snell for a start is a tough break (literally) for the Rays, but they’ll hope that’s all he misses.
The 26-year-old southpaw has picked up where he left off following last year’s season where he went 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA. He’s 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA this season and has a league-best 36 strikeouts. He’s only allowed one run over this last three starts.
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.