By John Ginder @JGUpstateNY on April 1, 2014
Unfortunately injuries are a part of every sport and never seem to happen at a good time either. Ask Don Baylor who broke his leg on Opening Day after the ceremonial first pitch from former Los Angeles Angel Vladimir Guerrero. The diagnosis for Baylor is a broken right femur. Throughout the history of baseball there have been many freak injuries on and off the field.
Here are five of the strangest that will make Baylor feel better about his.
While pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oliver Perez had a relatively poor outing against the Cardinals in a game in 2005. After allowing four runs on seven hits and walking five batters, Perez decided to take out his frustration on an unsuspecting laundry cart. He broke his left big toe and landed himself on the 15-day disabled list.
The New York Yankees were able to debut Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez a bit earlier than expected after an injury forced David Cone out of the rotation. While playing with his Mother's Jack Russell terrier, Cone was bit on his right index finger. Against his belief that he could pitch the game, manager Joe Torre decided against it and handed the ball to "El Douque" instead.
Throughout his career, Milton Bradley has been known to have an argument or five. The most memorable of them all happened when Bradley was a member of the San Diego Padres. After exchanging words with the first base umpire, Bradley was ejected from the game. But during the ensuing charge towards the umpire, Bradley ended up tearing his ACL and missed the rest of the season.
While recovering from Tommy John surgery, relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain was doing what anyone would do while out of work -- jumping on a trampoline. Okay, so not everyone would do that, but Chamberlain decided to and ended up with an open dislocation of his ankle. It was reported that the bone did break through the skin.
It is only fitting that the No. 1 injury on the list would be a Los Angeles Angel player. After hitting a walk-off home run against the Seattle Mariners, Kendrys Morales trotted towards home where his players were there to great him. As he leaped in the air to stomp on home, he broke his left leg when he landed. Shortly after he was carted off the field, the Angels were in discussion about how to celebrate walk-off victories.
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