You remember the story about David Price having to leave a spring training game because of neck spasms that were cause by toweling off too hard, right? Well, Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez may have just one-upped Price for the most unlikely way to get hurt.
On Friday, Gonzalez took a trip to the mall while the team was in Tampa for their series against the Rays. Everything was going as planned until Gonzalez decided to bend down and say hello to a small child in a stroller. All of a sudden, Gonzalez’s back locked up and he’s been out of the lineup ever since.
Gonzalez was getting a cup of coffee at the International Plaza in Tampa when he bent over to say hello to a child in a stroller. That’s when he felt his lower back lock up.
“I have no idea how it happened,” said Gonzalez, who has never had back problems before. “It was something I’ve done a million times.”
Gonzalez tried to play on Friday night, but was scratched from the lineup an hour before first pitch. He was out again on Saturday night, the Red Sox starting Brett Lillibridge at first base against the Rays.
“It’s a day-to-day thing, you get it calmed down and you go play again,” he said. “I’ll be fine. We’re being careful because we’ve had so many guys on the disabled list already this season.”
“Hopefully I wake up tomorrow and I feel fine,” Gonzalez said. “I woke up on Friday and felt 100 percent. I went to the mall and ran into a family and that’s what happened. I was perfectly fine before that. It’s crazy.”
Crazy is an understatement.