DENVER (CBS4) – Since the All-Star Break, the two biggest stars on the Colorado Rockies have been injured during games.
Normally it would be a shock for fans to see shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez each getting hurt in such a short period of time, but with the unbelievable amount of injuries to Rockies, it’s just par for the course this season.
So many Rockies players have gotten hurt in various ways it’s hard to count, but some of the injuries have been more unusual than others.
Here are the Top 5 freak injuries to Colorado Rockies players this season:
1. Michael Cuddyer – The two-time All-Star and Rockies utility player fractured his left shoulder on June 5. There have only been two injuries like that in 30 years in Major League Baseball, according to the Rockies training staff. Cuddyer usually plays first base or outfield, but the injury happened on a rare night when he was playing third base.
2. Carlos Gonzalez – Cargo had a cyst removed from his finger earlier this season. When doctors removed it, almost all the swelling in his finger disappeared, but he still missed a bunch of games as a result.
“I haven’t heard about something like this,” said CBS4’s Tom Helmer. “I’ve heard of players breaking bones in their hands and not realizing it for a couple months. I’ve heard of guys cutting their hands opening a CD case and having to be out of the lineup. Glenallen Hill, the (Triple A) Colorado Springs Sky Sox coach, had a dream about a spider and fell out of bed and fell down a stairwell and hurt himself … weird stuff happens sometimes.”
3. Jordan Lyles – This could be the worst year ever for the Rox in terms of injuries to starting pitchers. Jordan Lyles he broke his hand last month in a tag attempt at home plate. Lyles threw a wild pitch and then ran to tag out Martin Prado of the Arizona Diamondbacks. When Prado slid into Lyles, he bent the pitcher’s hand the wrong way. Lyles pitched several more innings before coming out of the game.
4. Brett Anderson – Pitcher Brett Anderson doesn’t have much experience as a batter. In a game in early April, he broke his left index finger when his bat connected with a 90-plus mph pitch.
5. Nolan Arenado – Arenado was hitting .305 with six homers and 28 RBIs when disaster struck earlier this season. He broke his left middle finger while sliding headfirst into a base. If he had just slid feet first, that wouldn’t have happened.