In late June, Arizona pitcher Brian Anderson burned his face in a most embarrassing fashion: He used the side of his jaw to test the temperature of an iron in his Texas hotel room. Then he missed a start in July because of elbow stiffness caused, he says, by laying his pitching arm across the top of the backseat of a taxi for about 20 minutes during a shopping trip to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Says Anderson, "It's almost like someone has a voodoo doll of me somewhere and is sticking pins in it."
It seems that plenty of Anderson's fellow major leaguers are similarly cursed. The following is a collection of some of this season's most unlikely injuries.
Cut finger, David Cone, Yankees
Ace righthander missed a start after being bitten on right index finger by mother's Jack Russell terrier pup.
Infected leg, Brian Giles, Indians
Outfielder missed four games and required injections of antibiotics after suffering multiple spider bites on left leg during road trip to Oakland.
Bruised shoulder, Mark Sweeney, Padres
Utilityman missed a game after tumbling out of a golf cart while getting a ride to the parking lot following a 16-inning win.
Broken jaw, Jeff Tabaka, Pirates
Reliever was DL'd after teammate Marc Wilkins punched him after a card game at appropriately named Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
Cut wrist, Allen Watson, Angels
Lefthander lacerated wrist of his pitching arm while cracking open a beer bottle the day before he was due to come off the DL.