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.
Nimmo ate undercooked chicken that he prepared himself and got sick, according to Callaway. Mets plan to teach him how to cook.
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.
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.
Rodriguez hurt the hamstring during the altercation Tuesday. #sfgiants
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Gallo scratched after colliding with DeShields in outfield during BP. Has a little blurred vision.
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.
Ned said Moose felt his back tighten after lifting one of his children. Day to day
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.