Five craziest MLB injuries of 2011: A fan’s take

Professional sports and strange weird injuries seem to be synonymous with one another. With less than a month before the end of his season and in his last year of his contract, San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt(notes) added his name to the list after cutting a deep gash into his non-throwing hand and nearly slicing into an artery when trying to separate frozen hamburger patties with a sharp knife.

From Atlanta Braves great John Smoltz(notes) allegedly burning his chest while ironing a shirt he was still wearing to Rick Honeycutt injuring his wrist while flicking sunflower seeds during agame, there have been many odd injuries in MLB history and plenty of weird injuries in 2011 alone.

5. St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal(notes)

Injury: Sprained thumb

Cause: Tripping over rope near batting cage in Wrigley Field

On Aug. 21, Furcal tripped over a rope in the batting cage prior to the Cardinals game against the Chicago Cubs. After landing on his thumb in an awkward fall, Furcal, who had missed six weeks earlier in the season due to a broken left thumb, would return to play the next night.

4. Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke(notes)

Injury: Hairline fracture on rib

Cause: Playing pickup basketball

Greinke started the 2011 season on the disabled list due to a hairline fracture on one of his ribs. As with many strange MLB injuries, Greinke injured himself while going for a rebound in a pickup basketball game.

3. Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson(notes)

Injury: Sliced thumb and eight stitches

Cause: Fixing the laces of his glove with scissors

Another Brewers pitcher caught the strange injury bug later in the season, as Narveson missed a start after slicing his hand open and needing eight stitches. The cause was using a pair of scissors to alter the laces on his glove. He ended up cutting the tip of his left thumb.

2. Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano(notes)

Injury: Aggravated neck and knot in neck

Cause: Watching TV in bed

On May 26, Zambrano pitched a solid outing against the New York Mets despite having neck pain. After an X-ray, Zambrano was informed that he had a knot in his neck. When asked about the injury, Zambrano said, "I usually sleep with my head turned that way like when I'm watching TV. So I guess I'll have to turn it the other way."

1. Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis(notes)

Injury: Wear and tear on his labrum and rotator cuff

Cause: Sleeping

Slated to receive an audition for 2012 and start the last couple of months at first base, Davis never received the chance after being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. After sleeping on the wrong shoulder daily, an MRI showed damage to his labrum and rotator cuff.


Disaster chef: Affeldt slashes hand separating frozen hamburgers, Big League Stew, Yahoo! Sports

Rafael Furcal trips over rope, sprains thumb, Hardball Talk, NBC Sports

Greinke breaks rib playing basketball, Fox Sports

"Freakiest thing I've seen": Chris Narveson to miss start after slicing hand with scissors, Hardball Talk, NBC Sports

Carlos Zambrano on neck injury: "I sleep with my head turned that way when I'm watching TV", Hardball Talk, NBC Sports

Orioles' Chris Davis Headed to DL After Sleeping on Shoulder Wrong, Larry Brown Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong baseball fan, San Francisco Giants supporter, and contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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Updated Monday, Sep 12, 2011