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Kevin Pillar’s t-shirt makes light of his sneeze-related injury (photo)


Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar experienced one of the most ignominious injuries by a baseball player — of which there are stupefyingly countless instances — when he suffered a strained oblique muscle that was induced by sneezing.

Pillar, 26, demonstrated at least he has a snarky sense of humor about his rather embarrassing injury by donning a t-shirt on Wednesday in which Pillar suggests that readers of said shirt “Ask me about my sneeze.”



Pillar originally suffered the injury on Saturday during a spring training game after sneezing and feeling a sharp pain in his right side.

“I don’t think this is a big deal,” he said. “It’s something I played with (Saturday) and something I was prepared with to play today. But they’re being very respectful about it and willing to give me a little bit of time.”

Pillar is expected to miss about 10 days while his sneeze-induced injury mends. Not a positive development at all considering he is battling for a roster spot after playing in only 89 games at the major league level over the past two seasons.

Despite the relative absurdity of the notion that a professional athlete can be injured by something as seemingly innocuous as a sneeze, Pillar isn’t even the first big league player to be sidelined by sternutation (the scientific term for sneezing). Sammy Sosa in 2004 suffered a sprained ligament in his lower back after two “violent” sneezes brought on back spasms.

So, there you go. Pretty heady company for Pillar to join, although not a club with which one wishes to be a member.

[H/T For the Win, top photo credit: USATSI, shirt image credit: Jorge L. Ortiz/Twitter]