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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey has a long history with concussions, and he must be in disbelief over the way he suffered his latest.
On Thursday, Pompey was a late scratch from Toronto’s lineup for their spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies after he bumped his head on some bats that were on top of his locker. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and has been placed in MLB’s concussion protocol.
As Mark Armstrong of Jays Journal reminds us, this is at least Pompey’s third concussion since he began playing professional baseball. He sustained one sliding into second while playing for team Canada at the World Baseball Classic in 2017, and he also suffered a concussion during a Triple-A game in 2016.
Pompey is batting .282 this spring and had a decent chance to earn a roster spot with the Blue Jays, who are dealing with some injuries and in need of outfield depth. He has no minor league options left, so his future with the team is less certain in the wake of his latest concussion.
Baseball players tend to suffer some of the most bizarre injuries you’ll ever hear of, but Pompey’s is incredibly unfortunate given his history. The timing also could not have been much worse.
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.
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.
Spring training has barely started and the New York Mets are already living up to their reputation.
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was sent home with an originally undisclosed illness on Wednesday. Later on, however, the team did disclose what happened: manager Mickey Callaway admitted that Nimmo had gotten sick from eating undercooked chicken that he made, and the team was going to help him learn how to cook for himself.
The Mets are just a funny team, and weird things happen to them. Nice of them to go in and ensure that one of their standout young players is taught how to cook, though.
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.
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.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez hasn’t pitched for two months with a bruised right index finger, and he’s admitting the real cause of the injury for the very first time.
Sanchez said his finger got stuck in a falling suitcase, but he didn’t want to admit it publicly out of embarrassment.
“It got stuck in my suitcase and it started falling,” Sanchez said, via ESPN. “It all happened in a span of about 30 seconds. I said ‘Ow,’ and my knuckle got super fat. I pitched that day, probably didn’t help, but it was the first time I was going to pitch in front of my family as a professional and I wanted to see what I could do.
“I didn’t want to say it then because I saw Salvador Perez go down with the same injury and I didn’t want to get laughed at.”
Perez suffered an awkward injury from carrying his luggage on the eve of the season opener. Obviously, injuries like this are kind of embarrassing to talk about, especially when it keeps you out of action for two months, but luggage injuries are apparently becoming semi-common.
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.
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.