Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Top 10 | Bizarre baseball injuries of the past decade

This Spring Training has only reinforced the idea that baseball players are typically the victims of the most bizarre injuries to ever afflict athletes. Just before the Reds opened camp, Ken Griffey, Jr. revealed he broke his left hand in December while wrestling his children on his family's yacht during a vacation in the Bahamas. Meanwhile, Kerry Wood missed a few days of Spring Training after slipping in his hot tub, causing him to bruise his ribs. But as these ailments are hardly the most peculiar injuries baseball has seen, here is a look at the 10 strangest ailments to afflict America's pastime over the past decade (with a couple recollections from a Yankee fan):
10. Matt Mantei cuts himself on a can of dog food: While recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery in February 2002, Mantei punctured his thumb while opening a can of dog food. The gash, which required four stitches, did not directly impact the Diamondback reliever's recovery, which kept him out of action until June 28 and limited him to 31 appearances that season.
9. Adam Eaton stabs himself trying to open a DVD: In 2001, while using a pocket knife his grandfather gave him to open a package containing the DVDs of "Backdraft" and "Happy Gilmore," Eaton, then pitching for the Padres, stabbed himself in the abdomen, forcing him to miss his next start. The eight-year veteran has apparently regained top form, as he signed a three-year, $24.5 million contract with the Phillies in the offseason.

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