Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett suffered one of the unluckiest and weirdest injuries you’ll ever see when a bunt attempt resulted in a ball straight to the eye.It happened Wednesday during one of the team’s spring training drills.
Burnett will have to have surgery to repair a fractured right orbital bone Friday.
Although Burnett’s misfortune is odd, it’s not the only strange injury suffered by a baseball player.
How do back spasms caused by a violent sneeze sound?
St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman couldn't escape a mechanical tarp machine fast enough in 1985. Coleman had to sit out the remainder of the playoffs and World Series after getting caught in the field tarp and injuring his knee.
Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is one of the best hitters in Boston Red Sox history. He's also part of a very odd incident involving cowboy boots. Boggs was in his hotel room during the 1986 season trying to remove the boot from his foot when he lost his balance and went ribcage-first into the side of a couch. He would miss six games.
Glenallen Hill's injury as a rookie with Toronto in 1990 takes the cake. Hill, who suffered from severe arachnophobia and sleepwalking, was having a terrible nightmare about spiders. In order to escape the spiders, an asleep Hill climbed the stairs in his apartment and then fell onto a glass table, scraping and cutting his knees and elbows. He woke up on the couch to his wife's screaming. Hill sat out the following day's game against Seattle.
While still with the Seattle Mariners in the early 1990s, Ken Griffey Jr.'s protective cup slipped and pinched his testicle. Jr. had to sit out a few games after that.
Pitcher Steve Sparks tried to imitate a group of motivational speakers who ripped apart phone books once. It led to a dislocated shoulder in 1994.
Like most of us, former Padres pitcher Adam Eaton finds the shrink wrap on DVD cases to be quite annoying. Eaton missed a start in 2001 after trying to cut some of it open. He ended up in the emergency room after stabbing himself in the stomach.
Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa met his kryptonite when a violent sneeze caused back spasms, sidelining him for a while in 2004. Steroids much?
Clint Barmes went hunting with fellow Colorado Rocky Todd Helton in 2005. He broke his collarbone carrying deer meat up the stairs afterward.
Flame-throwing Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya was unavailable during the 2006 playoffs because of too much Guitar Hero. The popular video game led to forearm and wrist inflammation.
Kids, if you have to sneeze let it loose! Then San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos held one back in 2010, straining the left side of his body and landing on the 15-day disabled list.
Shaving cream pies are a time-honored baseball celebratory tradition, but Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan tore the meniscus in his knee while throwing one of those pies into a teammate's face in 2010.
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