Francisco Rodriguez injures his foot by stepping on a cactus

Francisco Rodriguez wins "Most Ridiculous Spring Training Injury" award

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Jul 21, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez during the game against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsBrewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez could miss his first spring training appearance, thanks to an injury he suffered from stepping on a cactus.

Yes, seriously. He stepped on a cactus with his bare foot.

The quotes in the ESPN story are like something you'd read from a comedy on TV.

From Brewers manager Ron Roenicke:
"He took a lot out, but there's some more in there. I don't think it's that big of a setback, but I imagine he's pretty sore today. I don't know if you guys have stepped on one, but you know how little some of the [spines] are? And they're in there for a while."

I can't imagine what possessed Rodriguez to step on a cactus with bare feet, but now he's paying the price.

Here are a few more interesting spring training injuries, via ESPN:
• Former AL Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova fell asleep in a tanning bed and had to miss one game in 2002 due to burns.
• Sammy Sosa landed on the disabled list in 2004 after a violent sneeze while talking to reporters at his locker led to back spasms.
• Joel Zumaya had to miss part of the 2006 AL Championship Series due to a sore wrist later deemed to have been suffered from playing the video game "Guitar Hero."
• Reliever Josh Outman strained his oblique after violently vomiting due to a bout of food poisoning in 2002.
• Brewers general manager Doug Melvin spent several hours in an Arizona hospital last March after he was stung by a scorpion.
• Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy has yet to pitch this spring after cutting his left index finger with a fishing knife earlier this month.
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