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Touch 'Em All: Celebration leads to another injury

(Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Maybe Bud Selig should consider banning celebrations.

Given the injuries suffered in those dastardly affairs, the Budman might find it an easy target.

You'll remember that Kendry Morales so badly damaged his lower left leg by stomping on the plate after a game-

winning grand slam, that he missed nearly two years.

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  • Now Aubrey Huff has been struck down by the dreaded postgame celebration.

    Immediately after Joaquin Arias made a fine fielding play to end Matt Cain's perfect game last Wednesday, his Giants teammates erupted from the dugout.

    Like many others, Huff leapt over the dugout railing, but he landed awkwardly on his right leg, twisted his knee - and went face down in the dirt outside the dugout.

    He gamely joined the dangerous celebration but had such discomfort on Thursday that he had an MRI that revealed a knee sprain. He was placed on the disabled list Friday.

    Not to kick a guy when he's down, but with a .155 batting average and five RBIs in 32 games, Huff may have made the Giants happy he's on the DL.

    Of course the postgame celebration is not the only way a baseball player can get hurt. Hanley Ramirez missed Friday night's game for Miami when he was hit in the nose by a ball in the batting cage before the game.

    Finally, Jason Bay went on the seven-day DL with his second concussion in two years. But the Mets leftfielder got hurt the honest way - slamming into the wall while trying to catch Jay Bruce's inside-the-park home run for Cincinnati.

     

    A phantom triple play

    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected in the first inning Saturday after umpires overruled an initial call that led to a temporary triple play.

    With runners on first and second, Eric Hosmer hit a line drive that St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly snared near the ground. Kelly threw to first to double off one runner, then tossed the return throw to second for the apparent third out.

    But after a three-minute conference that included crew chief Dana DeMuth, the umpires ruled that the ball hit the ground.

    Matheny didn't like the reversal and got tossed.

     

    Around the bigs

    The Yankees' Andy Pettitte set a major-league record by starting his 52nd interleague game, passing Livan Hernandez. He is 19-16 in AL-vs.-NL matchups but got no decision Saturday as the Yanks needed 14 innings to top Washington, 5-3.

    The Red Sox put righthander Josh Beckett (4-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 starts) on the 15-day DL because of right shoulder inflammation.

    Bryce Harper, one of the most confident young players in years, probably was warned there'd be days like this, but how do you prepare to go 0 for 7 with five strikeouts?

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was released from the hospital, where he was admitted after becoming dehydrated with an intestinal virus.

    Colorado's 4-1 loss to Detroit left the Rockies 1-10 in interleague play.

     


    Contact Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

    This article contains information from the Associated Press.

     

    Don McKee Inquirer Sports Writer
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