15 Weirdest MLB Injuries of All-Time

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Injuries are unfortunately a part of the game. Most of the time, they happen either on the field during a game or workout, but other times they can happen off the field. Here is a list of the 15 weirdest injuries of all time that have happened to MLB players. 

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15. Madison Bumgarner: 2017

The ace pitcher for the Giants missed close to two months of the 2017 season after a dirt-bike accident during one of the team's scheduled off-days. Bumgarner, an avid dirt bike rider, rented some bikes with a couple of relatives and went out riding in the mountains. He bruised some ribs and sprained his pitching shoulder in the crash.

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14. Salvador Perez: 2018

Two days before Opening Day, the Royals announced that star catcher Salvador Perez would miss four to six weeks with a Grade 2 tear of the MCL in his left knee. Perez entered the 2018 season having started the most games of any catcher since his first full season in 2013. Then he fell carrying luggage up a flight of stairs at his home in Kansas City. It did not derail his season as he was named an All-Star this past season.

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13. George Brett: 1983

Brett is a Hall of Famer and one of the best Kansas City Royals ever, but his injury in 1983 was not during a game. On June 7, Brett was at home doing laundry and was listening to a Cubs game in the other room. When the announcer said that Bill Buckner was up to bat, he didn't want to miss his friend's at-bat. While he was running to the TV room, he smashed his foot on the door jam and broke his pinkie toe. He had to go on the DL for a short period but it showed to be a minor bump in the road as he helped Kansas City win the World Series in 1985.

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12. Marty Cordova: 2002

The 1995 AL Rookie of the Year had a run-in with a tanning bed in 2002. Cordova fell asleep in the tanning bed and sunburned his face. Doctors told him that he needed to stay out of the sun as much as possible in order to recover. He only pitched in night games for a week in order to recover.

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11. Jerry Blevins: 2015

During an April 19 game, Blevins was hit by a comebacker and suffered a distal radius fracture of the left arm. That is not weird, as it can happen at any time during a game. It was what happened after the fact. While recovering, Blevins slipped on a curb and re-fractured his arm again and missed the rest of the 2015 season. Blevins has recovered nicely is still currently a relief pitcher for the Mets.

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10. Kendrys Morales: 2010

In what was a great moment his career quickly turned into something serious. Morales blasted a walk-off grand slam to lift the Angels over the Mariners but broke his left ankle during his celebration at home plate. This injury was severe as he missed the rest of the 2010 season along with all of 2011. After the injury, Morales had a nice comeback, earning a Sliver Slugger award and winning the 2015 World Series with the Royals. He is still going strong in the MLB, currently a DH for the Blue Jays.

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9. Joe DiMaggio: 1936

DiMaggio is one of the best players in baseball, but he had an unfortunate injury to start his Hall-of-Fame career. After a foot injury in Spring Training, he went for treatment but the machine being used was too hot. This caused DiMaggio to burn his foot, causing it to blister. It was a minor bump in the road to the Hall of Fame.

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8. Glenallen Hill: 1990

Early in his career, Hill went on the disabled list after falling through a glass table, resulting in cuts and bruises to his feet, knees and elbows. The reason? He had a nightmare about being attacked by spiders and in the process went sleepwalking to try to get away. Afterwords, his teammates gave him the nickname "Spiderman."

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7. Joba Chamberlain: 2012

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 27:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees reacts to allowing a two run double in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 27, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Joba Chamberlain was a solid pitcher for the Yankees for a short period of time. In 2012, Chamberlain suffered a right ankle injury while bouncing on a trampoline. Reports indicated right that he had lost so much blood that bystanders at the scene feared that he might bleed to death. Chamberlain later discredited this during a press conference and stated he never suffered any life-threatening injury or lost much blood.

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6. Rickey Henderson: 1993

During Henderson's 1993 season with the Bue Jays, he got frostbite on his left foot due to the fact that he left on an ice pack on for too long. It turned out to be just a minor bump in the road to a Hall-of-Fame career as he continued to be the king of base stealing. He still helped Toronto win a World Series that year too. 

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5. Trevor Bauer: 2016

During the 2016 postseason, Bauer's pitching hand started dripping blood on the mound. His reason? A run-in with a drone. The Indians pitcher sliced right pinkie finger while repairing the propellers on his drone. He attempted to pitch in Game 3 of the ALCS, but the stitches opened in the first inning and he had to leave the game because of the bleeding. Let's hope that he learned his lesson and left the repairing to the professionals.

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4. Joel Zumaya: 2006

Guitar Hero was a popular series during the mid-2000s and Joel Zumaya had a little too much fun with the game. Zumaya missed three games during his rookie season in 2006 while playing the game. It did not really delay his rookie year, as he did end up playing in 62 games with a 1.94 ERA. The best part of this was that Zumaya was mentioned in the credits of the game saying, "No pitchers were harmed in the making of this game. Except for one. Joel Zumaya. He had it coming." 

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3. Steve Sparks: 1994

Attempting to tear a phonebook is pretty much impossible and Steve Sparks learned that the hard way. Sparks tried to accomplish this in 1994 before the start of the season and dislocated his throwing shoulder. The worst part of this? He was a rookie trying to make the roster. He ended up not making the Brewers roster that year, but did have a nine-year career in the majors with a 4.88 ERA and a 59-76 record.

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2. Sammy Sosa: 2004

​Sosa had a career average of .271 with 2,408 hits, 609 home runs and 1,667 RBI. During the tail end of the tenure with the Chicago Cubs, however, Sosa sneezed so hard while being interviewed in the locker room that he had severe back spasms. This was the start of a decline for Sosa as that was his last season as a Cubs. He spent the next few seasons with the Orioles and Rangers respectively before retiring in 2007.

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1. Jeremy Affeldt: 2011-2015

Jeremy Affeldt had a four-year run of freak injuries. It's hard to pick one out of the bunch. In 2011, he suffered a season-ending injury as he cut his non-throwing hand trying to....well...separate frozen hamburger patties. In 2012, he sprained his right knee when his then 4-year-old son jumped into his arms. Finally in, August 2015, Affeldt partially dislocated his left knee while playing with his kids on his off-day. In the world of freak injuries, Affeldt had an unfortunate run. However, it is not all bad as he is a three-time World Series Champion.

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