Over the course of a 162-game MLB season, the daily grind—playing 6 days a week, summer heat, red-eye flights—is going to take its toll on every player. Injuries are going to mount as guys strain obliques, tweak hamstrings, dislocate shoulders, and pull groins. There’s just no way around it.
Then again, it’s not always day-to-day baseball activities that put players on the disabled list. You might recall that, last season, former AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke missed the first month of the season after he broke a rib…playing pick-up basketball.
Still as far as non-baseball related injuries go, that’s nothing. Over the year, there have been a lot of freak injuries that have landed guys in the DL. And I’m talking real embarrassing stuff, here—stuff they either shouldn’t have been doing in the first place, or stuff that you would never think could injure a grown man.
So today let’s take a look at 15 of the most bizarre off-the-field injuries in the history of Major League Baseball. But rather that list the player injured, we going to countdown the cause of the injury—because it’s funnier that way.