San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner suffered an injury in a rather unique way that will probably annoy his bosses.
The Giants placed Bumgarner on the 10-day disabled list on Friday after the pitcher sustained rib and shoulder injuries in what the team described as a dirt bike accident.
FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
For the struggling Giants, who sit at 6-10, this is unwelcome news. Bumgarner is the team’s ace, and without him, they’ll find it a little bit harder to get back on track. It’s not just the injury but the nature of it — it sounds like this was quite avoidable. Bumgarner’s a country boy, though, and he’s gonna do what he wants — unless the Giants can get a clause prohibiting him from riding dirt bikes into his next contract. They may want to.
A home mishap could keep Cincinnati Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias sidelined for the start of the 2017 season.
According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday, Iglesias slipped in the shower three weeks ago, resulting in a bone bruise in his pitching elbow and soreness in both his hips. He reportedly will not resume throwing again for another several days, and Reds manager Bryan Price was quoted as saying that Iglesias may not be ready for Opening Day.
The 27-year-old reliever made 37 appearances for the Reds in 2016, going 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA, six saves, and seven holds. He figures to play a key role out of the Cincinnati bullpen this season with very few quality arms to choose from.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an athlete get hurt from slipping in the shower in the last few months, and the hope here is that Iglesias won’t have to open the 2017 campaign on the disabled list.
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A football player getting injured catching a football is nothing really out of the ordinary. A baseball player getting injured catching a football is definitely something out of the ordinary.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, two-time All-Star outfielder Michael Bourn, currently a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization, broke the ring finger on his right hand catching a football at the end of a workout on Friday. He is expected to be out four weeks.
The 34-year-old Bourn, who bats lefty but throws righty, is only signed to a minor league deal, so the injury could affect his chances of making Baltimore’s final big league roster. All things considered, this is probably one of the strangest cross-sport mishaps we’ve seen since Caleb Sturgis.
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The start of Brian Flynn’s season will be delayed due to an unfortunate accident at his home.
Royals pitchers and catchers had their first workout ahead of the 2017 season on Tuesday. Not among them was Flynn. Prior to heading to Arizona for spring training, Flynn was doing some work on the roof of the barn at his home when it gave way, sending the 26-year-old crashing through.
As a result, manager Ned Yost said Flynn could be out of action for up to eight weeks.
“He was working on his barn and fell through the roof,” Yost said, via The Kansas City Star. “So he took a pretty good tumble, knocked himself out. So he’s going to be about eight weeks behind everybody else.”
According to The Star, Flynn suffered a broken rib and three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae. Flynn is entering his fourth season after spending the first two with the Marlins and last year with the Royals. He appeared in 36 games in 2016, making one start, and pitched to a 2.60 ERA over 55.1 innings.
Baseball has become known for its players sustaining injuries in the most unusual ways. Last year, a member of the Dodgers hurt his finger ordering room service and a Blue Jay had a mishap due to staying in a sauna for too long.
The offseason isn’t treating Cyrus Kouandjio all that well.
According to Chris Brown of the team’s official website, the 322-pound offensive tackle underwent hip surgery on Wednesday after suffering a fall at his home and is out until training camp.
Kouandjio, 23, was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft after winning two national titles and being named an All-American in college at Alabama. He started five games for the Bills last year and was projected to compete for a full-time starting tackle job in 2017.
Home accidents seem to be becoming more common in the NFL these days, so let’s hope that Kouandjio is healed up in time for the start of the season.
Image via Cyrus Kouandjio on Twitter
The luck of the Irish was certainly not with Kelly Olynyk this weekend.
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, the Boston Celtics center rolled his right ankle tripping over a little kid while warming up for practice on Sunday and was unable to participate.
Jay King of MassLive.com adds that the child in question was one of the assistant coach’s sons. Apparently, the Celtics have something of a family environment and are often in the presence of a number of children, be they players’ kids, coaches’ kids, or otherwise.
Olynyk, 25, is averaging 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game this season. The Celtics play the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, and it’s now unclear if Olynyk will be able to suit up for that contest. But at the very least, Olynyk probably has Cole Hamels going, “I know that feel, bro.”
Image via Kelly Olynyk on Instagram
Free agent catcher Matt Wieters is going to miss some offseason workout time after he suffered a left forearm injury. But this isn’t just any forearm injury — it’s one you would only expect from a pro baseball player.
Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Wieters sustained a cut on his left forearm that required stitches after a “household accident.” Wieters will be sidelined for a while, but he is expected to be able to resume baseball activities at some point in January.
Wieters, 30, is the top free agent catcher on the market. He made four All-Star teams during his eight-year tenure with the Baltimore Orioles and won two gold gloves. He accepted a qualifying offer from the team last winter, but the O’s chose not to extend him one this year.
For whatever reason, these bizarre injuries seem most common among baseball players. Heck, one MLB outfielder managed to injure himself while ordering room service last season. Wieters is fortunate his injury occurred very early in the offseason.
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The San Diego Chargers keep finding new and creative ways to get injured this season, but this one may truly take the cake.
According to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Saturday, the Chargers have placed running back Dexter McCluster on the non-football injury list, ending his season. McCluster is said to have broken his forearm in an accident at home.
The 28-year-old McCluster signed with the Chargers in September and was mostly being used as a return specialist. He now becomes the third San Diego running back to suffer a season-ending injury in the last few months, joining Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver.
Perhaps more details will emerge in the next few days about the exact nature of McCluster’s home accident. But at least this fellow veteran back can empathize with him for now.
Image via Dexter McCluster on Instagram
Trevor Bauer will have to wait a bit longer to make what is likely the biggest start of his career.
The Cleveland Indians pitcher was originally slated to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he has seen that start pushed back a game due to an injury that required stitches to his finger.
The cause of the injury probably won’t please many within the organization.
Probably not the thing Cleveland would have liked Bauer to be doing days before a big postseason start. He’s kind of an offbeat guy, though. He’s probably going to do whatever it is he wants to do.
During the celebration after Tuesday’s wildcard game, a member of the Blue Jays injured himself while giving a high five.
The Blue Jays defeated the Orioles in dramatic fashion, thanks to a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion.
Not only did fans at Rogers Centre go crazy, but the Blue Jays did as well, understandably so. Sometime during the postgame celebration, Russell Martin picked up a cut on his finger that required stitches.
Thankfully, Martin doesn’t appear to be in any danger of missing Game 1 of the American League Division series against the Rangers, which gets underway Thursday. On the weird injury front, it’s yet another one for the Blue Jays catcher this season. See what happened to Martin as a result of sitting in a sauna too long here.