September 17, 2011
When professional beachcomber Jimmy Buffett wrote "Margaritaville," he made sure to put in a line about cutting his heel when he "stepped on a pop-top." Those things, after all, happen.
He said nothing, however, about injuring himself when using the blender to render frozen concoctions.
The Jays skipped Cecil's turn in the rotation Friday night because the left-hander cut the index finger on his throwing hand while cleaning a blender two days earlier at Boston. Cecil didn't need stitches, but the healing process wasn't progressing fast enough for him to pitch with confidence Friday.
Why was a major leaguer messing with cleaning a blender in the first place? Even though all clubhouses have helpers to do that sort of thing, Cecil said he usually cleans up after himself. Explain yourself, Brett, eh?
"It was a type of blade I had never seen, it had two blades that were sticking straight up and then two out to the side and I hit one of the ones that were sticking straight up," said Cecil. "So if they were all how they were supposed to be then nothing would have happened. But yeah, oh well."
Fortunately for the Blue Jays, they beat the Yankees anyway after starting Dustin McGowan(notes). Cecil will take his next turn Tuesday, provided his finger is ready. But for Cecil, the wounds are also emotional:
"I mean, I'm scared of a butter knife right now," he said warily. "It's frustrating because I can't pitch but they just want to make sure, just being careful. I asked (pitching coach Bruce Walton) if the team would be interested in hiring me a personal assistant."
The Jays just might take him up on it; this is the second time in as many seasons Cecil has injured himself in the kitchen. He cut his hand preparing chicken during spring training in 2010. That experience somehow helped him develop a change-up. It's uncertain if he'll start throwing a split-finger fastball now.
Does Major League Baseball have to issue an edict warning its players to stay away from kitchen appliances, or from food preparation in general? A little over a week ago, another left-hander (hmm) — Jeremy Affeldt(notes) of the San Francisco Giants — ended his season by stabbing himself in the throwing hand with a knife as he tried to separate frozen hamburger patties.
One more and it's a trend. These guys need to be excluded from KP duty.
Big BLS h/t: C. Trent Rosecrans of CBS Sports' Eye on Baseball