St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver was unable to make his scheduled start on Sunday for a very strange reason.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Weaver cut the index finger on his pitching hand Saturday night in the clubhouse while trying to remove aluminum foil from a food tray. The Cardinals determined that the cut was bothersome enough that it wasn’t worth risking him pitching Sunday as scheduled.
Tyson Ross, a recent waiver claim from the San Diego Padres, was called upon to make his first start for the Cardinals instead. He wound up going six innings and allowed just two runs in an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Baseball players are no strangers to weird food-related injuries. This one is still a bit unique by any standard. Weaver’s issue appears minor, and it looks like he won’t miss more than one start.
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.
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.
Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo was not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers after a bizarre mishap during batting practice.
Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake tweeted that Gallo was scratched after colliding with teammate Delino DeShields Jr in the outfield during batting practice. After originally saying that Gallo had a “little” blurred vision, Blake later added that Gallo suffered a contusion to his left eye and would be undergoing further examination.
The 24-year-old Gallo is one of the Rangers’ prized young talents and has already hit 21 home runs this season after clubbing 41 of them in 2017.
Gallo was also involved in another collision with a teammate last season that landed him in the concussion protocol. He was out of the lineup for a total of seven games as a result.
The Kansas City Royals already have one of the worst records in baseball, and now their injury fortunes may quickly be following suit.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians due to back spasms. After the game (a 6-4 Kansas City loss), manager Ned Yost revealed that Moustakas hurt his back lifting one of his kids, per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
Moustakas, the two-time All-Star, has been one of the lone bright spots for the 25-50 Royals this season, leading the team with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs.
The good news here is that Moustakas is only day-to-day. The bad news is that this isn’t even the most ridiculous way that a Royal has hurt himself this year.
Someone associated with the England soccer team has suffered a significant injury at the World Cup, but it’s not quite what you might think.
England manager Gareth Southgate dislocated his shoulder on Wednesday in a jogging accident, and he met the media with his right arm in a sling as a result.
Southgate wasn’t letting the injury get him down, preferring to look on the bright side and crack a few jokes.
“It is better this is me than one of the players,” Southgate said, via the FA’s official website. “They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking ‘what have you been doing!?’ – as always, they were probably quite amused. It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.
“I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10k time!”
Southgate joked there would be one tangible consequence of his injury.
“I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!” Southgate joked. “The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option. We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work. We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off.”
Hey, bizarre injuries happen to the best of us. We’re guessing there was a fall involved, in which case the England manager might want to work on his coordination for the future.
Texas Rangers reliever Chris Martin paid the price for his show of team unity on Wednesday night.
The Rangers and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a fight during their series finale when Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp collided with Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos on a play at the plate in the third inning. Take a look:
After the game, an eventual 3-2 victory for the Dodgers, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Martin hurt his hamstring charging in from the bullpen when both benches emptied.
The 32-year-old Martin, who holds a 3.92 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23 appearances this season, has developed into a fairly steady late-inning option for the Rangers. On the bright side, at least his injury doesn’t sound nearly as bad as the one that Joaquin Benoit suffered under similar circumstances.
The Los Angeles Angels’ injury luck is quickly going from bad to farcical.
On Friday, just hours after Angels star Shohei Ohtani was placed on the disabled list with a UCL sprain in his pitching elbow, manager Mike Scioscia told the media that infielder Kaleb Cowart sprained his ankle stepping off the team bus on Thursday, per Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com.
Cowart, 26, has been used sparingly so far this year, making just five total plate appearances and going back and forth between the Angels and Triple-A Salt Lake. He has since been placed on the disabled list with his injury as well.
After a scorching start to the 2018 season, the Angels are now just third in the American League West at 35-28 (though they have won their last four straight games). The injury bug is hitting them in full force right now, and Cowart isn’t even the first Angel to hurt himself on a literal misstep this week.
The Seattle Mariners have been climbing up the AL West standings in recent weeks, but on Tuesday, one of their relievers found himself falling … literally.
Mariners righty Ryan Cook had a mishap before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park when he fell down the dugout stairs. The 30-year-old was in some pain as a result of the fall, per the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.
Fortunately however, Cook said shortly afterwards that he had gotten checked out by the training staff and would be fine.
The ex-All-Star Cook holds a 3.60 ERA with six strikeouts in six appearances for the Mariners so far this season. Cook was certainly fortunate here, both that he was OK and that his fall wasn’t caught on camera like this player’s was.
There are a number of reasons many people believe the designated hitter should be adopted by the National League, but one of them is the fact that pitchers can be very, very fragile people.
On Tuesday, New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz was forced to leave a game in which he was dominating after he injured the middle finger on his pitching hand. But it wasn’t one of the 42 pitches he threw that caused the discomfort — it was the embarrassing swinging strike he had in the top of the fourth when the bat flew out of his hands and toward the on-deck circle.
“I didn’t feel anything at first, I just went and got my bat, obviously it didn’t affect me,” Matz told reporters, via Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “Then standing on second base started to throb out there. I threw a couple pitches and felt it. (Catcher) Devin (Mesoraco) kind of noticed and called them out there.”
Matz had allowed just one hit over three innings at the time he exited. With Noah Syndergaard having been placed on the disabled list earlier this week, an injury to another starter is the last thing the Mets need.
Believe it or not, we have seen some pretty significant injuries to players that were the result of nothing but a swing. Hopefully what Matz is dealing with is something closer to a strain.