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Francisco Rodriguez latest bizarre MLB injury victim: Hurt after stepping on cactus


Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, already behind the other pitchers in camp after a visa issue delayed his arrival in the U.S., may have his spring training debut scheduled for Thursday pushed back due to yet another freak MLB injury.

Rodriguez accidentally stepped on a cactus while walking barefoot on Tuesday.

“They took out a lot of the thorns but there’s still some in there,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, as quoted in a Journal-Sentinel report. “I don’t think it’s that big of a setback but I imagine he’s pretty sore today. You know how little some of the thorns are and they break off in there. So, I┬ádon’t know. But that’s what’s going on.”

Bizarre, man. I guess that’s one reason not to hold spring training in Arizona. If the Brewers held camp in Florida? Well, I suppose Rodriguez could have stepped on an alligator, which is much worse. So there you go.

With every spring training — and throughout the regular season as well — comes new stories about how major league baseball players seem to suffer bizarre injuries at an alarming frequency. Already this spring training, Pittsburgh PIrates outfielder Travis Snider fell victim to the old “finger injury suffered while slicing of a sweet potato” malady and Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez had an ingrown hair turn into a nasty shin infection. Crap, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is dealing with a particularly gruesome and oozy rash on his face after having it painted at Busch Gardens the other day.

But it’s gotta suck to be Francisco Rodriguez right now. That has to hurt, stepping on a cactus barefooted and stuff. Although let’s be honest, Rodriguez’s fate is far less cruel and painful than what happened to this guy following an errant shot for PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy. Yikes.