Spring training is a time for baseball players to get ready for the season while playing in warm weather, but there are certain risks a player must deal with while at camp.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez was the victim of a freak injury at the Cactus League this week, and he can thank the Arizona desert for putting his status up in the air. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak shared the details of the odd injury:
Francisco Rodriguez stepped on a cactus yesterday. First freak incident of camp. Status for tomorrow's game unknown right now. #Brewers— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 12, 2014
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reported Rodriguez was barefoot at the time of the incident.
Freak injuries happen in sports every year. Luckily for him, it doesn't appear to be a serious injury:
Rodriguez/cactus incident not a huge deal -- working on pulling barbs out of his foot at this point.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 12, 2014
According to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, Rodriguez may miss his spring debut, which was slated for Thursday, via ESPN.
Rodriguez probably can't wait to get out of the desert and away from cacti. This shouldn't be a problem that he will run into back in Milwaukee.