The Tigers have seen their fair share of bizarre injuries over the years -- Steve Sparks' dislocated shoulder from trying to rip a telephone book in half, Brandon Inge injuring his oblique while moving his kid's pillow, and Joel Zumaya's infamous Guitar Hero injury during the 2006 ALCS -- and here's a new one: Tigers prospect Andy Oliver had his start tonight at Toledo pushed back to Monday due to soreness in his pitching hand after playing with a slingshot [via Jason Beck, H/T Hardball Talk]:â†µ
Oliver was messing around with a slingshot during the Mud Hens’ off-day Thursday, and while he didn’t have an accident or anything, his hand was sore today. To hear him describe, he was using some muscles in his hand he doesn’t normally use, and they became sore.â†µ
Both Oliver and Hens manager Phil Nevin said he could’ve pitched tonight. But with the ability to push ahead their other starters without forcing them to pitch on short rest, they played it cautious.â†µ
Luckily, it doesn't sound like much of an injury at all, but sheesh... he could've poked somebody's eye out with that thing!