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.
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.
Trae Young has become the latest big name to withdraw from USA Basketball this summer, but his departure is due to a much more unusual reason.
The Atlanta Hawks guard announced on Thursday “with deep sadness” that he was leaving Team USA minicamp to deal with “a minor injury.”
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 8, 2019
Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that an eye infection was the cause behind Young’s exit.
Trae Young has to leave Team USA camp because of a minor eye infection, sources said. He’d been playing well on the Select Team last few days.
As an aside with De’Aaron Fox already promoted to senior team, I’m looking forward to Select coach Jeff Van Gundy playing some PG today
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 8, 2019
The 20-year-old guard, who had a strong chance to make the final cut due to his stellar play combined with Team USA’s lack of backcourt depth, now has about a month-and-a-half to get right before the Hawks begin training camp.
Eye injuries can adversely affect play (as we once saw with another top guard), so it sounds like Young’s decision to withdraw from the team is for the best.
Austin Riley gave an unfortunate new meaning to leg day this week.
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters Wednesday that the 22-year-old phenom hurt a knee ligament while warming up in the weight room on Tuesday and will be placed on the IL, per The Athletic’s David O’Brien.
Austin Riley has an injured knee ligament, severity unknown, will be checked by #Braves doctors back in Atlanta. He’s going on IL. Was injured while warming up in weight room before Tuesday game, but only stiffened overnight, Snitker said.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 7, 2019
Riley had burst onto the scene for the Braves this season, smacking 17 homers and 45 RBIs in just 66 games and winning NL Rookie of the Month for May.
Such weight room-related injuries, while lamentable, are not entirely unheard of among baseball players — it even once happened to another Brave.
Cameron Maybin had a stroke of rather unfortunate luck during Friday’s game against the Houston Astros.
The New York Yankees outfielder strained his calf in the third inning as he rounded third base following teammate Gary Sanchez’s home run, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Maybin, who had singled and was on first immediately before the homer, said afterwards that he felt a “pop” in the calf.
Cameron Maybin felt a "pop" in his left calf running around third base on Gary Sánchez's home run, per Boone. Described as a strain.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 22, 2019
To add insult to literal injury, Sanchez’s blast was a no-doubter, meaning that Maybin’s injury came on a slow trot around the bases.
GARY SANCHEZ IS THE BEST CATCHER IN BASEBALL!!! pic.twitter.com/4fmTSYhvLS
— Mehtaphors (@mehtaphors1) June 22, 2019
The veteran Maybin, who is hitting a stellar .308 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 41 games this season for the Yankees, will now be headed to the IL.
As for his injury, while unlucky, it is actually not unprecedented for baseball.