The starting shortstop for the two-time AL champion Texas Rangers, Elvis Andrus made headlines today - and not for hitting the game-tying homerun or bases loaded jam in the 6th inning. It was because of a new tattoo he has graced on his left shoulder and upper arm - an homage to his recently deceased father. He was experiencing left bicep tenderness according to a team source and was therefore unable to participate in today's game.
Injuries that force you out of a game should be game related injuries. No one wants to see their player hurt. Not their manager, owner or GM. But if they were hurt playing the game they are hired to play, then that is a risk they are willing to take when they sign him.
When you electively receive ink on your body as a unique way to honor your deceased parent, make sure that you provide yourself with ample time to recover because if you miss a Spring Training, Regular Season or Postseason game due to 'soreness' from a tattoo you recently received, there must be a clause in the contract which says I can void your deal.
Regardless of the intent of the tattoo - regardless of what explanation you provide to your manager - if you do not perform in your position, a job in which you are paid to play a sport, then you should suffer consequences like any other human might be deducted if they missed work for a similar reason.
It's getting to a point where athletes and celebrities are treated as higher class - those who are above the law. If humans are created and to be treated equal - start acting like they are coming to work everyday instead of having a blast.
You know Ron Washington is thinking the same thing - rehab for this?