Ian Stewart was scratched from the Los Angeles Angels' lineup Monday and sent for X-rays after a head-to-head collision left him with a bruised nose. He didn't crash into a wall or get hit by a ball. He was head-butted by his 4-year-old daughter, Ellsi.
You can add this to the long list of strange spring training baseball injuries. For the 2014 season, it challenges Jake Peavy cutting himself with a fishing knife as the clubhouse leader for weirdest injury.
On Tuesday, Stewart explained what happened to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:
“She was lying in bed on her stomach watching TV, and when I went to put her to bed, I kind of lunged at her,” Stewart said. “I don’t know if I scared her, or what, but she sat up and our heads came together at the same time, my nose to the back of her head.
“I heard a crunchy sound and got an immediate headache. I thought I broke my nose. She just looked at me and laid back down.”
Kids and their craniums! Stewart was cleared to play by doctors — no broken nose, no concussion — so he's available for Tuesday's game. Stewart, a 28-year-old third baseman, is trying to reboot his big-league career after a pretty terrible 2013.
He started the season in Triple-A with the Chicago Cubs and was eventually released after going on a Twitter tirade against the team and manager Dale Sveum. Stewart eventually signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .171 combined in Triple-A in 2013.
Somewhere, Dale Sveum is reading this and chuckling.
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