If one brings up injuries and the Colorado Rockies, likely the first name to come to mind is Troy Tulowitzki. Despite Tulo’s unfortunate fragility, the Rockies franchise is connected to a number of names of individuals who have had much more interesting reasons for landing on the DL than Tulowitzki ever has. Here are the top five, in reverse order:
5. Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton, who made four appearances for the Rockies out of the bullpen in 2009, once suffered an injury that many can surely sympathize with. In 2001, while a starter for the San Diego Padres, Eaton slipped with a small knife while opening a DVD and stabbed himself in the stomach. According to the AP, the injury required two stitches and Eaton was held out of one start as a precaution.
4. Glenallen Hill
Glenallen Hill, currently manager for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, landed on the 15-day disabled list in 1990 due to a truly bizarre incident. Apparently, Hill is such an arachnophobe that a mere nightmare about large spiders caused Hill to sleep run from his room, into a wall, and then up a carpeted flight of stairs. Hill suffered serious enough cuts, scrapes, and carpet burns from the incident that it warranted that stint on the DL.
3. Tyler Colvin
In his first full season in the big leagues, Tyler Colvin was running home from third on a broken-bat double hit by his Chicago Cubs teammate Welington Castillo. This was in 2010, when shattering maple bats were incredibly common. On that night, it was to Colvin’s deep misfortune, as he was impaled in the chest by a large splinter off of Welington’s bat. As this happened in late September, the injury ended Colvin’s season. Thankfully, and perhaps in part because of Colvin’s injury, recent advances in the manufacture of maple bats has seen the rate of shatters fall dramatically since then.
2. Josh Outman
Competing heavily for the top spot on this list is an injury from the Rockies all-around miserable 2012 campaign. At the beginning of the season, newly-acquired pitcher Josh Outman landed on the DL for a strained oblique. The cause? Extreme vomiting (from food poisoning). Making the injury even odder is that it wasn’t unique. In fact, it wasn’t even the first time it had happened to an MLB player. Nope, MLB journeyman and bizarre-injury-prone Kevin Mitchell experienced a similar injury some 20 years before.
1. Clint Barmes
The all-time odd injury that will be part of Rockies lore for eternity happened in 2005. The incident began when Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, an avid outdoorsman, made a gift of a package of deer meat to the young shortstop. Unfortunately, Barmes had trouble getting it up the steps back home and fell and broke his collarbone. Barmes only intensified scrutiuny of the injury when he attempted to cover up the exact nature of what happened in initial reports.