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Here is my ongoing collection of some of the strangest injuries in baseball history. As outrageous as some of these may seem, I guarantee you that they all happened.

 

Charlie Hough broke his pinky finger while shaking hands.

 

Mickey Tettleton went on the DL with a severe case of athlete's foot - caused by tying his shoes too tight.

 

Jose Cardenal missed a game in 1972 because he was kept awake all night by crickets chirping in his hotel room.

 

Jose Cardenal missed a game in 1974, because he couldn't blink. He swore his eyes were stuck open.

 

Bob Feller scalded himself with 200-degree water after he lost control of the hose in a whirlpool. He scalded himself from the waste down, and couldn't do anything for a week.

 

Russ Davis missed a game after he slept wrong and awoke with a sore shoulder.

 

David Cone missed a start after getting bit by his mother-in-law's dog, a Jack Russell Terrier.

 

Sammy Sosa missed a game after sleeping wrong on his shoulder.

 

Jim Corsi slipped coming out of the shower and sprained his wrist. Corsi has poor eyesight, wasn't wearing contacts, and misjudged his step.

 

Bob Stanley missed a couple of games slipping down the stairs while taking out the trash.

 

Ken Griffey Jr. got a sore back lifting boxes.

 

Carlos Perez broke his nose in a car accident....as he was trying to pass the team bus.

 

Brian Anderson suffered nerve damage in his elbow after a cab ride.

 

Tony Gwynn missed a couple of games after he smashed his thumb in the door of his luxury car. While going to the bank.

 

Rickey Henderson missed several games because of frost- bite. In August.

 

Vince Coleman missed the 1985 World Series when he got rolled up in the tarp machine.

 

Pascual Perez missed a start in Atlanta when he circled the city for more than two hours searching for the exit ramp from Highway 285 to Fulton County Stadium.

 

Kevin Mitchell strained a muscle while vomiting.

 

Twins farmhand David Foster was knocked out for the season when a lightning strike through a phone line zapped him while he was making a call.

 

Pitcher Steve Foster injured his shoulder knocking over milk bottles during a segment with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."

 

Wade Boggs missed several games after straining his back while pulling on his cowboy boots.

 

Paul Molitor dislocated a knuckle when it got stuck in another player's glove.

 

Milwaukee's Dave Nilsson missed part of this season with Ross River Fever, a mosquito-borne virus that annually affects 200 out of Australia's 17 million residents.

 

Twins general manager Terry Ryan required dozens of stitches when he was scouting a game and a bat flew out of the hitter's hands, sailed through a space in the backstop and struck him in the forehead.

 

Pitcher Jeff Juden had a start early in the 1994 season pushed back after getting an infection from a tattoo.

 

Outfielder Bret Barberie missed a game when he accidentally rubbed chili juice in his eye.

 

Ken Griffey Jr. missed a game after his protective cup slipped and pinched a testicle.

 

Doc Gooden missed a start when Coleman accidentally hit him with a golf club in the Mets' clubhouse.

 

Mark Portugal missed a start because of food poisoning from eating bad mahi-mahi.

 

Pitcher Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder while tearing a phone book in half, as he was trying to emulate a motivational speaker.

 

Reliever Admin Anderson strained a rib muscle getting out of a Jucuzzi.

 

Pitcher Ted Power pulled a hamstring jumping off the bullpen bench to join a brawl.

 

Kent Hrbek missed the final 10 games of the 1990 season when he sprained an ankle while wrestling with a clubhouse attendant.

 

Florida's Randy Veres hurt his hand pounding on a hotelroom wall trying to get the people in the next room to quiet down.

 

Dennis Martinez injured his arm tossing his luggage onto the team bus. He was diagnosed with Samsonitis.

 

Chris Brown missed a game with a strained eyelid after sleeping on an eye a funny way.

 

Former Seattle shortstop Rey Quinones was unavailable as a pinch-hitter because he was in the clubhouse playing Nintendo.

 

Terry Harper (Atlanta, OF) injured his shoulder after giving another player a high five.

 

Greg Harris (Texas, pitcher) injured his shoulder trying to flick sunflower seeds into the stands from the bullpen.

 

Baltimore's Mark Smith was hurt when he stuck his hand in an air conditioner to see why it wasn't working properly.

 

Glenallen Hill missed a few games after falling out of his bed while having an arachnophobic dream about spiders. He dreamt that spiders were devouring him, jumped off his bed, fell through a glass table, and crawled through the shards of glass.

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Glenallen Hill missed a few games after falling out of his bed while having an arachnophobic dream about spiders. He dreamt that spiders were devouring him, jumped off his bed, fell through a glass table, and crawled through the shards of glass.

 

:lol :lol :lol :lol !!!!

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talk about timing

 

CHICAGO -- Turns out, Sammy Sosa's injury is nothing to sneeze at.

 

 

The Chicago Cubs' star has a sprained ligament in his lower back and is probably headed to the disabled list.

 

 

 

Sosa missed Sunday's game in San Diego after two violent sneezes brought on back spasms. He was examined by Dr. Michael Schaefer, the Cubs' orthopedic specialist, before Tuesday's game against the Giants, and tests revealed the sprained ligament.

 

 

 

"He's going to receive an epidural tonight to calm down some of the inflammation and lower back pain," general manager Jim Hendry said. "It's pretty certain he'll be missing a couple of weeks. So it looks like it's a (disabled list) situation."

 

 

 

There were no problems with any discs, Hendry added.

 

 

 

"It's something that doesn't seem to be long-term," Hendry said. "But he's not going to be ready to go in two or three days."

 

 

 

While Sosa missed the game, another slugger returned. Barry Bonds was back in the lineup after missing last weekend's series against Pittsburgh because of back spasms. Giants manager Felipe Alou made up four lineup cards before the game, with Bonds playing in one of them, and waited to see how the left fielder felt during batting practice.

 

 

 

Second baseman Ray Durham, who was on the disabled list from April 28 until last Thursday with a strained knee, also was in the lineup.

 

 

 

"If you have back problems or a history of spasms ... this is not the weather you want," Alou said. "But we need these guys."

 

 

 

Sosa's injury is the latest setback for the Cubs, who are already without right-hander Mark Prior, reliever Mike Remlinger, second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Kerry Wood missed his scheduled start Sunday because of tightness in his triceps.

 

 

 

"There's no sense hanging your head. You've got to deal with it," Hendry said. "We'll work our way through it. Hopefully, by early June, we'll be healthy once and for all."

 

 

 

This isn't the first time Sosa has had back problems. He missed nine games in late 2002 with a strained back after colliding with teammate Mark Bellhorn while chasing a popup.

 

 

 

And as hard as Sosa swings, it's bound to put stress on his back.

 

 

 

"It's a very unnatural movement to swing a bat the way that we swing bats," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We're made to go up and down, we're not made to torque the way guys do side to side. I'm surprised in baseball we don't have more back problems."

 

 

 

But Sosa is one of the most durable players in the game. He's made only four trips to the DL in his 16-year career, and his stint last season was his first since 1996. Sosa missed 20 days last year after having the nail on his right big toe removed.

 

 

 

"We all know how he is. He's the least likely guy to be in the training room. He's the least likely guy to want to see a doctor," Hendry said. "So if he had some lower back discomfort from time to time, honestly we don't know about it.

 

 

 

"He felt a little better yesterday and not much better today. Even as difficult as it is for him to want to see somebody, he knew he needed medical attention."

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I don't know if this is true or not, but it's a story that most Marlins fans have heard. You guys all know about the tradition at JRS where whenever relievers on the away team are warming up in the bullpen the crowd always goes "wooooooooooo-oooooooooo" whenever they're pitching? Well I heard a story that happened a few years ago when a reliever (don't know his name) on the away team (don't know the team, lol) was warming up in the pen at JRS and the crowd was doing the woooooo-ooooooooo thing when he was throwing. Well the pitcher got really pissed off and decided he would throw a fake pitch, so he threw a fake pitch to catch the fans sitting around the bullpen off guard and he threw his arm out and never pitched again.

 

Not sure if this is a true story or not, but i've heard it many times.

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I don't know if this is true or not, but it's a story that most Marlins fans have heard. You guys all know about the tradition at JRS where whenever relievers on the away team are warming up in the bullpen the crowd always goes "wooooooooooo-oooooooooo" whenever they're pitching? Well I heard a story that happened a few years ago when a reliever (don't know his name) on the away team (don't know the team, lol) was warming up in the pen at JRS and the crowd was doing the woooooo-ooooooooo thing when he was throwing. Well the pitcher got really pissed off and decided he would throw a fake pitch, so he threw a fake pitch to catch the fans sitting around the bullpen off guard and he threw his arm out and never pitched again.

 

Not sure if this is a true story or not, but i've heard it many times.

Yeah that is our JRS Urban Legend.....I wouldn't doubt it being true though, because when you pitch one of the first things they tell you is when you start your throwing motion don't stop it.

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Dan Miceli's injuries sustained by fighting his brother/aliens/whatever are by far the funniest.

 

Miceli Injured in Battle with Aliens

 

Florida Marlins reliever Dan Miceli was injured last week while defending Earth against alien invaders. Miceli, who sustained minor cuts to his pitching hand, bravely fought off hoard of otherworldly attackers, saving the planet from certain doom.

"There were two dozen, err..., hundred of them," a shifty-eyed Miceli told reporters at a press conference. "They all had knives."

 

Miceli had originally claimed that his injuries were the result of a bar fight, later revealing that he sustained the wounds during a scuffle with his own brother. However, on Sunday, Miceli admitted that he had fabricated those stories.

 

Miceli

 

"I was afraid no one would believe me," said Miceli while avoiding eye contact. "But it was aliens. They were eleven-teen feet tall and they looked like giant spiders, err..., wolverines. I fought them off all by myself. If you think about it, I'm really a hero! Yeah, that's the ticket."

Miceli then ended the press conference and returned home to spend time with his wife, Morgan Fairchild.

 

And how about Ojeda cutting of his finger doing his shrubs, Caminiti falling out of a tree, and John Vander Waal hurting himself shoveling snow...yeah, shoveling his own snow...lazy kids.

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Tarps used to be automatic a while back. They were telling the story the other day while the Marlins were in St. Louis about someone who got caught under there when they were trying to get off the field during a delay and the game was postponed because they couldn't get him out for a while. Can't remember who it was right now though.

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