There’s a headline I never thought I would write.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Micah Johnson, acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal centered around former Cincinnati Reds infielder Todd Frazier earlier this offseason, will miss about a week after receiving stitches to repair his finger. Johnson was reportedly attempting to remove an avocado pit when the injury occurred.
1st injury of spring: #Dodgers Micah Johnson needed stitches in left hand. Mishap trying to remove avocado pit. Should heal in a week.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 19, 2016
This is not the first weird, non-baseball related injury and it surely will not be the last.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Marty Cordova missed some time in 2002 when he burnt his face after falling asleep in a tanning bed and was advised to stay out of the sun for awhile.
File this one under “food injuries” – in 1987, Texas Rangers outfielder Oddibe McDowell sliced open a finger while buttering a roll.
Adam Eaton (the former pitcher, not the current White Sox outfielder) stabbed himself in the stomach while trying to remove the plastic wrapping from a DVD box. Why he was using a knife for that, well, I have no idea.
I could go on and on with this list, like telling you about the time when Ken Griffey Jr. pinched one of his… um… man jewels, when his cup shifted in his pants, but let’s get back to Micah Johnson.
Johnson, 25, made his major-league debut last season with the White Sox and posted a .230 average in 100 at-bats. He will likely begin the 2016 season in the minor leagues, as the Dodgers have Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley fighting for time at second base, Johnson’s natural position.
His first impression with his new teammates is not a great one, though he does seem to have a good taste in fruit. Maybe next time, he’ll elect to use a spoon, instead.