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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Suitcase injury sidelines Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy for 4-6 weeks

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Lucroy injured his hand when a suitcase fell on it in his hotel room Sunday night after the team arrived from Phoenix. Lucroy told mlb.com’s Adam McCalvy that he was reaching under the bed for a sock when his wife shifted a suitcase and it fell off the bed onto his hand.

Lucroy tried to swing a bat in early BP today but was unable to grip it properly, so he told Roenicke he couldn’t play and the X-rays were scheduled. Lucroy’s injury forced Roenicke to start backup George Kottaras, who is not 100% after suffering a left hamstring cramp in the game Sunday. Recently recalled utility player Brooks Conrad is the emergency catcher.

...Lucroy went to Dodger Stadium for batting practice on Monday and couldn’t grip the bat, so he was scratched and sent for X-rays.

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 29, 2012 at 07:15 AM (#4141985)
Million to one doc, million to one!
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:14 AM (#4142002)
i think lucroy's breakout was somewhat legit. not that he was a .330 plus hitter but that he had elevated his offense over previous levels. a hand injury is like wrist injuries. mysterious. lingering. frustrating
   3. Lassus Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:18 AM (#4142003)
I am considered somewhat klutzy, yet I've never, ever had an injury like the ones baseball players seem to get while living their normal lives.
   4. JE (Jason) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4142004)
Million to one doc, million to one!

Million to one would have required the suitcase to lodge itself somewhere else.
   5. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:40 AM (#4142006)
I am considered somewhat klutzy, yet I've never, ever had an injury like the ones baseball players seem to get while living their normal lives.


I once missed two days of work because of an injury suffered while watching TV and working on my computer. I was looking at the computer, something happened on the TV and I turned my head quickly and pulled a muscle in my neck. Wound up on these delightful muscle relaxants that made it impossible to do anything but sleep or occasionally think about sleeping.
   6. Dan Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:58 AM (#4142013)
i think lucroy's breakout was somewhat legit. not that he was a .330 plus hitter but that he had elevated his offense over previous levels. a hand injury is like wrist injuries. mysterious. lingering. frustrating


From a quick glance at his numbers, it looks like he might have finally learned to hit right-handed pitching. His numbers against LHP this year are more ridiculous than ever, but it looks like he was hitting righties for the first time in his career.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 29, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4142017)
dan

lucroy was a good hitter in the minors. his adjustment in the bigs has been laying off two pitches. the slider low and away and the fastball up and in. jonathan has driven brewer fans nuts swinging at pitches completely out of the strike zone. part of last season and most of this season he has reduced offering at those pitches so he still chases at times

it is maddening in that he will swing at pitches that are just ridiculously bad. my interpretation is that jonathan wasn't trusting himself and so was guessing like mad and therefore swinging because he had decided on the pitch and so was going to swing. he was leading the world in checked swings in 2012.

jonathan is totally at ease and knows he is a good catcher catcher. i think he still doubts himself as a hitter.
   8. villageidiom Posted: May 29, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4142019)
I once missed two days of work because of an injury suffered while watching TV and working on my computer.
I know someone who misssed work for a day and ended up on crutches for a sprained ankle. He crossed his legs in the male ankle-resting-on-knee way while sitting in a chair, then fell asleep for a couple of hours with his ankle in that position.

So, yes, he sprained his ankle while sitting.
   9. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 29, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4142023)
A few years ago, I (unintentionally) hit a ramp while sledding, flipped the sled, and faceplanted into a chunk of ice. Called in sick for two days because I had a skinned face and had pulled a bunch of muscles in my back. There was much office comedy upon my return.

The best part was that my son was all upset that we had to leave. He didn't really care that I was bleeding profusely and couldn't walk. Kid wanted to sled, dammit.
   10. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 29, 2012 at 09:21 AM (#4142024)
working on a farm lends itself to injuries but here is one that may amuse the reader

i always have sheep around to keep the weeds down around the buildings. not a big flock. 20 ewes give or take. and a buck so that i can count on lambchops. so one time i had this dorset buck who turned out to be a real pip. every time i would go in with hay while i was putting the hay in the feeder he would bang into me from behind as if to try and knock me over. if i faced him he just glared at me. but if i turned my back at all he would make his move. so i set some 2 x 4s on the top of the feeder spaced out so that one was always within reaching distance and when he got me i grabbed one of the 2 x 4s, whirled and smacked him on his horns with a good wallop. so good that the 2 x 4 snapped back and smacked me in the side of the head so that we both ended up sort of looking at one another through foggy eyes. he shook his head and walked away and i staggered out of the pen. he never bothered me after that.
   11. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: May 29, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4142031)
I have a friend who once suffered bad electrical burns while sleeping. His cat jumped on the nightstand table and knocked over a lamp, which then somehow shorted as it landed on his arm.
   12. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: May 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4142038)
I had a history teacher in high school who missed about a week because he hurt his back when he slipped on his tv guide.

The only other thing I remember about him was tv-related, and that was that he LOVED the Drew Carey show.
   13. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4142046)
I have a friend who once suffered bad electrical burns while sleeping. His cat jumped on the nightstand table and knocked over a lamp, which then somehow shorted as it landed on his arm.

Cats are evil. I partially tore a ligament in my left wrist a few years ago tripping over my cat in the middle of the night. Though it managed to heal with immobilization, I seem to be unlucky with that wrist - I had injured it previously playing Beethoven.
   14. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4142050)
I seem to be unlucky with that wrist - I had injured it previously playing Beethoven.

I always said Charles Grodin was a jerk. Did you injure yourself taking the DVD out of the package or reaching for the remote control to hit play?
   15. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4142053)
I partially tore a ligament in my left wrist a few years ago tripping over my cat in the middle of the night. Though it managed to heal with immobilization...


How did you immobilize the cat? I usually roll mine up in a towel when I need to hold him still, but that's only good for about 30 seconds or so.
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4142059)
I am considered somewhat klutzy, yet I've never, ever had an injury like the ones baseball players seem to get while living their normal lives.

You probably have, except you're not a professional athlete so those injuries don't keep you out of work. I've cut my hand a few times cooking, had to get stitches after I dropped a bottle of iced tea, broke a finger while tripping over a deck chair playing frisbee. Some of those injuries would have made it difficult to grip a bat or a ball, but they didn't affect my ability to do schoolwork or make Powerpoint presentations.
   17. Frisco Cali Posted: May 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM (#4142061)
Brooks Conrad as the emergency catcher? That should work well.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4142076)
Gee, that was probably his truck washing hand, too. What were the chances?
   19. PreservedFish Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4142081)
How often does a team (that carries 2 catchers) need to go to an emergency 3rd catcher?
   20. jayjay Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4142094)
About as often as when a suitcase falls and injures a hand that's under the bed searching for a sock.
What a truly weird story. I wonder if there's more to it.
   21. Elvis Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM (#4142097)
#10 - thanks for the laugh!
   22. JJ1986 Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4142101)
How often does a team (that carries 2 catchers) need to go to an emergency 3rd catcher?


That was probably just a note for Yesterday when the team only had one active catcher.
   23. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4142107)
I once threw out my back by sneezing too hard in the shower.
   24. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4142125)
So now, after two months, the Brewers' only two remaining healthy(ish) infielders (counting catcher), are those paragons of durability, Aramis Ramirez and Rickie Weeks. There's a legit chance the Brewers could be down most of their original starting lineup soon.

They're also losing first basemen/shortstop combinations in letter pairs--first Mat Gamel and Alex Gonzalez, and now Travis Ishikawa and Cesar Izturis (worst indictment possible: it has gotten to the point where losing the latter two is arguably a real problem). Just in case it works with first names, if I was Corey Hart I'd be pretty leery of a Hainley Statia call-up.

How often does a team (that carries 2 catchers) need to go to an emergency 3rd catcher?

As pointed out, it was just for yesterday that it was a real concern, but the Brewers were in general more likely to need an emergency catcher than most teams, because Kottaras was one of their best bench bats and Roenicke wasn't shy about using him as a pinch hitter.
   25. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4142129)

How did you immobilize the cat? I usually roll mine up in a towel when I need to hold him still, but that's only good for about 30 seconds or so.


So, my cat actually lets me bathe her without taking out the claws, and all I do is hold her. Not that she loves it, but it's more of a "please stop" than a "you wanna fight?" deal when she gets a bath (which has occurred twice now.) Apparently, this is pretty unusual.

   26. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4142152)
I injured my right shoulder while napping. I had my arm tucked under my head while I was asleep on the couch, and when I rolled over something crunched. For a year I couldn't lift it over my head without severe pain. Still hurts me when I throw.
   27. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4142154)
battle

please work to avoid listing injuries.

i weary of cardinal fans wandering by and wanting to get into some kind of 'can you top this' becuase they lost their entire team in a plane crash except for albert and tony raised some of them from the dead and won the division with a team of zombies and albert.

or similar nonsense

so just don't talk about the injuries.
   28. Clemenza Posted: May 29, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4142157)
In high school, my friend was throwing BP in a batting cage in the gym and wasn't as protected by the screen as he thought. He took a line drive off his face and as he was turning away/falling to the ground his shoes got caught on the gym floor causing spriral frature in his leg. Broken nose and borken leg. Brutal yet could've been so much worse. Since we were immature we found it quite amusing that he couold break a leg while as a result of getting hit in the face.
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4142159)
Did somebody say baseball injuries?

Injury-prone does not even begin to describe the 6-foot, 190-pound three-sport standout's plight. It started the summer between his eighth- and ninth-grade years with a gruesome nose injury during a baseball game and continued with the most recent doozy. In between have been two anterior-cruciate ligament knee injuries, broken left pinky, fractured right wrist and a line-drive ball to the jaw.

Less than two weeks ago, Mallwitz broke his nose in three places and cracked the orbital bone near his left eye when he misplayed a tough foul ball near the dugout fence at G-A's field and the baseball found his face yet again. The injury required plastic surgery, which he underwent successfully on Friday, and is forcing him to miss the Rams' Division 3 pre-district game against Parchment Tuesday at Comstock.
   30. Greg K Posted: May 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4142172)
A few years ago, I (unintentionally) hit a ramp while sledding, flipped the sled, and faceplanted into a chunk of ice. Called in sick for two days because I had a skinned face and had pulled a bunch of muscles in my back. There was much office comedy upon my return.

I once tobogganed skeleton-style face first into a metal pole. I don't recall much of the rest of the evening (in fact my memory stops at the top of the hill before I jumped on the sled), but I did spend the next day and a half in bed watching a 24 hour Corner Gas marathon because reaching for the remote was too painful.
   31. rlc Posted: May 29, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4142197)
"Scouts have always liked LuCroy, but he comes with a lot of baggage."
   32. boteman Posted: May 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4142269)
#10 - i grabbed one of the 2 x 4s, whirled and smacked him on his horns with a good wallop. so good that the 2 x 4 snapped back and smacked me in the side of the head...

Bryce Harper is coming for you if you insist on plagiarizing his injury yarns.
   33. RJ in TO Posted: May 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4142273)
Der K's famous injury.
   34. UCCF Posted: May 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4142296)
So, my cat actually lets me bathe her without taking out the claws, and all I do is hold her. Not that she loves it, but it's more of a "please stop" than a "you wanna fight?" deal when she gets a bath (which has occurred twice now.) Apparently, this is pretty unusual.

My sister's cat would let you bathe her, and she would sit very still in the water with a grumpy look on her face. But you could see she was always plotting... if you loosened your hand on her just for a second, she would bolt straight out of the sink to the floor and run. It was as if she were conserving all of her hate and anger and converting it to potential energy, wound up like a spring ready to uncoil.
   35. UCCF Posted: May 29, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4142297)
I injured my right shoulder while napping. I had my arm tucked under my head while I was asleep on the couch, and when I rolled over something crunched. For a year I couldn't lift it over my head without severe pain. Still hurts me when I throw.

I have a friend who injured his shoulder swinging at a balloon at a New Years' Eve party. It was midnight, and the balloons fell from the ceiling, and people were batting them about. He took a big swing at one and immediately cried out in pain. That was about 15 years ago, and he can still barely lift his arm over his head. He must have ripped the hell out of the works in there.
   36. PepTech Posted: May 29, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4142412)
And I was so pleased to have been able to scoop Lucroy as a Fantasy replacement for Carlos Santana. Oh well, I still have Halla... wait, what?
   37. BFFB Posted: May 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM (#4142415)
A guy who I worked with missed a week of work after throwing is back out by slipping I-just-stepped-on-a-banana-peel style on the company health and safety notice.

The notice was blu-tacked to a wall and it was a hot day. The heat melted the blu-tack and the poster fell on the carpeted floor. He walks down the corridor, steps on the notice and "wahey!".
   38. zenbitz Posted: May 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM (#4142419)

I actually did slip on a banana peel on 9th Avenue in NY. I didn't actually fall, though, but it was fairly dramatic. No injuries, sorry. I did have a friend who tore his ACL slipping on a cucumber slice.
   39. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4142474)
Someone once left a banana peel in the bike lane on 6th Ave., but luckily I saw it and didn't run over it on my way to work. Strangely, that same morning I also saw a random potato in the bike lane.
   40. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:06 PM (#4142490)
dave

i think a grocer is trying to assassinate you
   41. zenbitz Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4142498)
Or someone who wants you to THINK that a grocer is trying to assassinate you!
   42. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4142501)
In about 20 years of playing softball, I've remained mostly injury-free. The worst I can think of came totally out of nowhere: going first to third on a hit to right, turned to look over my left shoulder as I ran to third, and some combination of the foot-strike and body twist just BANGED something in my lower back. It was so bad I had to go lie down through the rest of that game, and sit out the next game (it was a tournament). I was able to continue after that, but MAN it hurt for awhile. No idea where that came from, and the injury's never repeated itself.

Off the field, oddest injury I can remember was breaking my little toe walking over to answer the phone. I used to study sitting on a couch with a chair facing me for a "desk," and when the phone rang I stood up & with my first step whanged my foot against one of the chair legs. Again: holy cow that hurt. I wasn't sure whether it was broken or sprained or what, so I called my Dad (a doctor), who gave me my favorite piece of medical advice ever: "Go ahead and go out drinking with your friends, but take a bunch of aspirin or Advil first. Then, tomorrow, if your toe hurts worse than your head, yeah, it's probably broken."
   43. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4142504)
I once tobogganed skeleton-style face first into a metal pole. I don't recall much of the rest of the evening (in fact my memory stops at the top of the hill before I jumped on the sled), but I did spend the next day and a half in bed watching a 24 hour Corner Gas marathon because reaching for the remote was too painful.


I'm not sure that I could survive that. Were you at least under the influence of painkillers or tranquilizers when the Corner Gas marathon was on?

Edit: forgot to add that no baseball story featuring the phrase 'suitcase injury' should pass without someone making a vague reference to Kaz Sasaki's exit from Seattle.
   44. Gamingboy Posted: May 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4142547)
BALANCE THE HUMOURS!
   45. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4143157)
My cats are very clean and I've never had to bathe them.

Now, trimming claws, I have a big cat that's very trusting and doesn't care if I'm messing with a claw.

Other cat, you have to "burrito" by rolling up in a blanket like a burrito and manipulating the claw out.
   46. zenbitz Posted: May 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4143162)
Usually you bathe cats if you are slightly allergic.

If you start them on regular baths (every week or two) when they are kittens they are somewhat more amenable. This is actually a good time to clip their claws too - they don't mind being wrapped in a towel if they are soaking wet.

   47. Russ Posted: May 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4143177)
About as often as when a suitcase falls and injures a hand that's under the bed searching for a sock.
What a truly weird story. I wonder if there's more to it.


Yeah, if a baseball player has his very attractive wife on a road trip, probably without their kid, I'm sure that's the Occam's Razor way that he suffers a freak injury in the hotel room. It can't be that it happened while she "dropped the suitcase on him", nudge-nudge,wink-wink.
   48. Papa Squid Posted: May 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4143261)
I know someone who misssed work for a day and ended up on crutches for a sprained ankle. He crossed his legs in the male ankle-resting-on-knee way while sitting in a chair, then fell asleep for a couple of hours with his ankle in that position.

So, yes, he sprained his ankle while sitting.


I have done this. Of course, I broke this very same ankle three months ago while trying to kick a puck to myself. I hit a rut or something and somehow landed on the outside edge of my left skate with my full weight. At least, there was little ligament damage, so no need for a second surgery...

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