The Braves and Baseball's Strangest Injuries

Brett KettyleCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 10: Infielder Yunel Escobar #19 of the Atlanta Braves runs out a hit against the Washington Nationals April 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In the series finale between the Braves and the Marlins on Thursday April 16th, Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar was injured and had to leave the game.

Escobar injured himself while in the on deck circle.

Was he swinging a bat? No.

Yunel had an abdominal strain suffered while jumping before coming to the plate, something that he has done before every at bat.

While it wasn’t something dumb, Escobar’s injury immediately reminded me of when Alfonso Soriano was injured in 2008 while jumping to catch a fly ball, something that he always does.

Most people know that many baseball players have gotten injured in pretty odd fashions, but the Braves seem to have more than their fare share of weird injuries.

First are some of baseball’s weirdest injuries, followed by seven Braves injuries that no doubt are among the strangest in sports history.


On the Field Injuries:               

Why not start with what has already been mentioned, Alfonso Soriano straining his calf while jumping to catch a routine fly ball.

In 1985, Vince Coleman injured his leg when it was run over by a machine putting the tarp over the infield to keep it dry.

In 1923, Red Sox player Clarence Blethen, who removed his false teeth while playing, left them in his back pocket and bit himself while sliding into second base.

Ken Griffey Jr., who is no stranger to being injured, has a couple of weird injuries. He once had to miss a game because his cup slipped and pinched his testicle, and in 2006 injured his hand while playing with his children.

In 2004, Kyle Farnsworth injured his foot while attempting to punt a baseball in pregame warm-ups.

Both Kevin Brown and Will Cunnane share this point because they both punched a wall and broke their hand, although Cunnane was not in the majors at the time.

In 2007, Milton Bradley tore his ACL while being restrained from arguing with an umpire.

Last year, both Carlos Quentin and Troy Tulowitski injured themselves with their own bat. Quentin hit his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch. Tulowitski slammed his bat against the ground in frustration after an at bat, the bat then shattered and cut Tulo’s hand.


Off the Field Injuries:

Glenallen Hill suffered cuts and bruises after falling off of his bed onto a glass table while having a nightmare about spiders.

Wade Boggs hurt his back while pulling on a pair of cowboy boots.

Brent Barberie couldn’t play in a game because he accidentally rubbed hot sauce in his eye.

In 1994, Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder while attempting to rip a phone book in half.

Kevin Mitchell suffered from multiple off the field injuries during his career. At one point, he strained a rib while vomiting. He also chipped a tooth when biting a donut.

After falling asleep in a tanning bed, Marty Cordova was forced to sit out one game because he had burned himself.

Moises Alou was victim to multiple off the field injuries one year. He injured himself while falling off of a treadmill and later injured himself while running over his son on a bike.

David Wells once injured himself after tripping over a barstool while in his own house, he landed on a glass and cut himself.

The Royals George Brett broke his toe rushing through his house to get to the television to watch his friend Bill Buckner bat in a game.

Pitcher Adam Eaton stabbed himself while attempting to open a DVD.

Sneezing caused Sammy Sosa to miss time with a back injury.

Oliver Perez broke his toe when he kicked a laundry cart while in the clubhouse.

While lifting a pillow for his son, Brandon Inge strained his oblique.

Houston outfielder Hunter Pence walked through a closed glass door at his home and suffered lacerations and cuts.

Joel Zumaya missed time due to playing too much Guitar Hero.

Clint Barmes injured himself in the middle of an impressive rookie campaign while carrying deer meat up a flight of stairs.

The Top 7 Weird Atlanta Braves Injuries:

Yunel Escobar jumping in the on deck circle, as previously described.

Cecil Upshaw tore up his ring finger on an overhead awning while practicing an imaginary dunk.

Pitcher Blaine Boyer hurt himself opening a window, some sources say he broke it, after he and his wife got locked out of their house.

300 game winner Tom Glavine broke a rib while vomiting after an in-flight meal, but pitched through the pain.

Before coming to bat, Terry Harper strained his shoulder waving a runner home.

Ryan Klesko injured his back and was forced to miss time after lifting a lunch tray.

John Smoltz once injured himself while attempting to iron a shirt, while wearing it.



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