By Daniel O’leary / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
This one gives new meaning to the term “hurler.”
Colorado Rockies pitcher Josh Outman – acquired from the Oakland A’s this offseason – was expected to start the year pitching out of the team’s bullpen.
Instead, he will begin it on the disabled list. The left-hander vomitted so violently after a bout with food poisoning, he strained his oblique.
At least, that is the story Rockies manager Jim Tracy is going with.
“The food poisoning, there was a lot of vomiting and I really believe he strained his oblique,” Tracy said. “He’s been much better over the last couple of days but he hasn’t been able to throw. We haven’t been able to get him to the mound. So we’re just going to err on the side of caution.”
Joba Chamberlain, you have company on the bizzare non-baseball related injury list of 2012.
There is no timetable yet for his return, but we can imagine he won’t be having whatever meal caused his illness anytime soon.
Moyer is a father of eight who wears old-fashioned stirrups and thanks the plate umpire whenever he leaves a game. He is older than 8 current managers and 16 current general managers. He has pitched in 49 major league ballparks, and started the last game at Wrigley Field before lights were installed there.
With that kind of longevity comes the bad (Moyer holds the major league record for home runs allowed, with 511) and the good (he also has 267 career victories, more than Hall of Famers like Whitey Ford and Bob Gibson).
Not bad for a man who led the National League in earned runs allowed in his first full season, and who was offered a coaching job by the Chicago Cubs when they released him at age 29.
Baseball has seen some strange injuries landing people on the DL and this one will undoubtedly find its way onto the list of odd ones. But it won’t ever challenge Clarence Blethen for the best all time.
Blethen was a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Robins during baseball’s “Dead Ball Era” of the 1920’s, where he saw action in a total of seven Major League games in his short career.
During this era of Major League Baseball, players often relied on some strange tactics to out-wit and intimidate their opponent, and Blethen was no exception.
Blethen was known to take out his false teeth while pitching in effort to intimidate the batters he faced, and stash the dentures in his hip pocket.
In 1923, Blethen’s strategic tactic literally bit him in the butt.
After the end of an inning in which Blethen pitched, the Red Sox hurler left the field and forgot to insert his false teeth. The next half-inning, Blethen doubled and had to be removed from the game when he slid into second base and found his rear-end had been punctured by his own false teeth.