2. Matt Wise, 2006
If you don’t remember, Matt Wise was a relief pitcher for the Brewers between 2004 and 2007. Sadly, most fans remember him for hitting Pedro Lopez in the face with a fastball that broke his cheekbone. He never really recovered from that as a Brewer. He had just established himself as a solid set-up man too.
And if you don’t remember that, others will remember him for his bizarre injury in 2006.
While reaching for some salad tongs, he cut open his middle finger. He was only out for four days, but the thought of being able to cut your hand on tongs is very funny. After researching, there is no evidence which restaurant or hotel he cut his fingers at. But, there is an 85% chance it was a Ponderosa.
1. Jonathan Lucroy, 2012
A lot of you probably saw this coming. It is maybe one of the most infamous injuries. It is bizarre, and maybe had the biggest impact. In May of 2012, Lucroy suddenly was placed on the disabled list with a broken right hand. The starting catcher then admitted that he sustained the injury in a hotel room from a falling suitcase.
The story goes that Jonathon was missing a sock in the hotel room. So, he decided to look under the bed for it. When his wife went to pick up the suitcases to leave, she accidentally dropped one and it went right onto his hand. Lucroy would end up missing 50 games and two months of action that season.
It was terrible timing, since he had just signed a five-year extension worth $13MM with the team over the offseason. Sadly, social media and Facebook were around when this injury happened. The Lucroy family, including his wife, were bombarded with hateful messages about the injury. Unacceptable stuff. There are some rumors out there that he also punched a wall like Devin, and that the story was made up to cover for it. But obviously, there is no real proof of that.
Unless new information comes out, injury by suitcase will be one of the craziest injuries you can have. It turns out, a catcher isn’t very helpful without a hand to throw the ball back to the pitcher with. Rumor is that Jonathan will no longer wear any non-baseball socks to this day.