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Thursday July 29, 2010 4:44 am

Chris Coghlan and Huston Street suffer bizarre injuries

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Injuries, MLB,

Chris CoghlanIt has been a strange week for injuries. After Sunday’s Marlins victory over the Braves, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, Chris Coghlan, torn a meniscus in his left knee while delivering a celebratory pie to the face of one of his teammates. Coghlan is now on the disabled list, and it’s not sure if he’ll even play ball again this season. If surgery is not required immediately, Coghlan will be able to take the field again, but you know everybody will be thinking of that left knee and how it will affect his play.

This situation isn’t too dissimilar from what happened to Rockies closer Huston Street on Tuesday, when he was hospitalized after being hit by a line drive during a batting practice session. Street was playing catch with some teammates when the ball struck him, causing him to lose consciousness. Fans are warned about the dangerousness of foul balls before a game, why wouldn’t Street and his teammates treat batting practice any differently, especially while playing catch in the field?

No, Street wasn’t expecting to be hit by a line drive, and no, Coghlan wasn’t expecting to tear his left meniscus, but it’s these kinds of injuries that really make you shake your head. It’s the carelessness of these professionals that makes you wonder if sometimes they forget that they should be doing their job first and having fun second; and part of their job is safety and taking care of themselves. Perhaps it’s the guaranteed contracts worth millions of dollars that give ball players that extra sense of security.

You wouldn’t see a guy taking a forklift for a joyride at work, and it’s just as unacceptable that these kinds of injuries take place. Accidents happen of course, and certainly both of these incidents were not intentional; Coghlan’s case more than Street’s. But now their two ball clubs will have to continue on without them. A closer and a Rookie of the Year are hard to replace, but Colorado and Florida will have to find a way to do so as they try to fight their way back into their respective pennant races.



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