Earlier this season, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain provided another bizarre injury to the MLB collection. He was placed on the disabled list with a cut on his right index finger.
The problem occurred when, as SF Gate reported, Cain cut it trying to cut a ham and cheese sandwich into triangles. He dropped the knife, tried to catch it and cut the finger.
“I went to cut it, to make it fancy in triangles,” he told SFGate.com.
It was just the second DL trip of Cain's career.
“One of them was a freak accident and one of them was my own stupidity,” he told SFGate.com.
It's not the weirdest baseball injury yet, but it's up there with things like former Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya missing the 2006 American League Championship Series with a hurt wrist from playing too much Guitar Hero on his PlayStation 2. Or infielder Clint Barmes breaking his collarbone after falling down stairs while carrying deer meat.
There was pitcher John Smoltz burning himself ironing the shirt he was wearing, Wade Boggs injuring his back after slipping on a pair of cowboy boots or Kevin Mitchell straining a muscle vomiting. Tom Glavine broke a rib doing the same thing.
Pitchers have delicate fingers, knuckleball pitchers have precious fingernails, and so even the smallest issues there can throw their game completely off.
Doc Gooden missed a start after getting hit with a golf club that a teammate (Vince Coleman) was swinging. Nolan Ryan, bit by a coyote. Steve Sparks hurt himself in a fit of rage trying to tear a phone book. Charlie Hough, a knuckleballer, shook hands too hard and missed a start.
Marlins pitcher Ricky Bones hurt himself changing a TV channel.
Former Tigers pitcher Denny McLain, who later had plenty of issues with the law, “woke up” one morning with four dislocated toes.
Orioles pitcher Mark Smith hurt himself after reaching into an air conditioner trying to figure out why it wasn't working.
Last year, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his collarbone in an on-field brawl.
Jeff Juden missed time after a tattoo he got was infected.
But pitchers aren't the only ones.
Vince Coleman, the outfielder who swung the golf club that hurt Gooden, once got rolled up in the tarp and missed some time.
Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn slammed his finger in a car door and missed time.
Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek hurt himself wrestling with a clubhouse attendant.
Just think about a football player missing time for any of those things. The games are different, but it wouldn't happen or rarely has it happened.
As long as baseball requires such precision with players' hands, those injuries won't be going away anytime soon. Which brings us to one of the strangest baseball stories of all, involving Moises Alou.
He knew baseball hands needed to be strong and so Alou told ESPN back when he was a Cubs outfielder that he would urinate on his hands to make them tough. Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada agreed.
While the injuries are weird, that's weirder.
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