Texas' Elvis Andrus Sidelined Due to Complications from 'Elaborate Tattoo'

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 28, 2013

It must be spring training, because we are right on track as far as knuckle-headed injuries are concerned, with the latest being a tattoo fiasco brought to you by the Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus

According to Gerry Fraley of Dallas Morning News (h/t Hardball Talk), it seems the shortstop was scratched from the lineup on Thursday because of a baseball-related injury—which is my term for an injury that is so bizarre and out of the ordinary that it could only happen to an MLB player. 

Here is the tattoo so elaborate that it got one young man a day off work, via Andrus' Twitter feed

The tat is of the 24-year-old's late father, so there is something very wonderful about the fresh ink. But this isn't about a tremendous sentiment that will be with the shortstop for eternity. 

It's about dumb baseball injuries. 

Applaud the tattoo all you want, because I will join you. At the same time, I will chuckle and shake my head at yet another baseball injury that would never allow the average person to leave work early, let alone get a day off. 

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As Hardball Talk reminds us, the first couple of weeks of spring training have had some bizarre maladies. There is this ink-related fiasco and Joel Peralta's sandwich-related gaffe

It seems the pitcher was getting out of his car to get a sandwich and hurt his neck, which is only slightly more embarrassing than the time I pulled my back sneezing in a KFC. 

That's our latest update from spring training, the only preseason in sports where the dangers are far worse away from the field. 

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