Brewers general manager attacked by scorpion

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Milwaukee Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin, right, and manager Ron Roenicke watch some players during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Spring training has taken a dark turn for some teams as nature has begun stalking several of Major League Baseball's general managers.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman broke his leg and ankle after flying too close to the sun. Now, Brewers GM Doug Melvin came out on the losing end of a brief encounter with a scorpion.

After spotting the Arizona bark scorpion in his hotel room, Melvin went after the highly poisonous creature armed with a Kleenex.  The beast may or may not have unleashed a tiny, patronizing laugh and tore through Melvin's defenses as if they were just a tissue and it was the deadliest scorpion in North America.

Shortly afterward, a numbness shot up Melvin's arm and he Googled "scorpion bites" (presumably with one hand). He wound up spending three hours at the hospital. The numbness from an Arizona bark scorpion bite can last up to three days, so the Brewers may be in for a totally uncharacteristic 72 hours of inactivity from their front office.

No word yet on the scorpion's whereabouts, but Melvin reported that if he ever sees it again, his wife will handle it.

Or he could just watch this video produced to deal with bark scorpions specifically:

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