Majors' new problem: Unsafe celebrations | Larry Stone notebook
Reigning National League rookie of the year Chris Coghlan is on the 15-day disabled list with torn meniscus in his left knee from ... a shaving-cream pie mishap.
Seattle Times staff reporter
It's getting dangerous to celebrate in the majors this year.
First the Angels' Kendry Morales breaks his leg jumping on the plate after a walkoff grand slam against the Mariners.
And now, in an even more bizarre incident, reigning National League rookie of the year Chris Coghlan is on the 15-day disabled list with torn meniscus in his left knee from ... a shaving-cream pie mishap.
Yup, Coghlan, an outfielder, was heading to nail teammate Wes Helms after his game-winning hit. When he jumped up to administer the pie-in-the-face, Helms moved out of the way, Coghlan landed awkwardly, and boom, he's out at least a month. Doctors haven't decided yet if Coghlan can postpone surgery until after the season and try to play again this year.
"I remember jumping over him, him ducking," Coughlan told reporters. "When I landed, that was it. It's a freak thing that happened.
"It's a little embarrassing. I think some people get a laugh out of it. Some people are like, 'Man, this is kind of crazy.' It's just a freak thing. ... We won a game, it was a walk-off, it was our fourth one. It's not like we're going to hit a walk-off and everybody is just going to say good job and high five and walk away. This game has emotion."
Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has dictated that the team will no longer deliver cream pies to its heroes. He challenged veteran players to come up with a safer way to celebrate.
"If we have a walk-off, I don't want them to shake hands and go take a shower," Rodriguez told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. "That's part of getting the momentum going. ... I don't want to take that away from them."
He said what?
Miguel Batista is turning into a quote machine. First, after hearing boos upon replacing the scratched Stephen Strasburg at home, he said:
"Imagine, if you go there to see Miss Universe and you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos."
Then, upon finding out he had offended the real Miss Iowa, who was invited to throw out the first pitch Friday, Batista was asked what he hopes the beauty pageant winner would say to him:
"Hopefully something like, 'Hey, he was a cool guy. He looks like a low-budget Vin Diesel, but he's nice.' "
Notes and quotes
• Miguel Cabrera's hopes of winning the triple crown are being damaged by the slump of rookie Brennan Boesch, who hits behind him in the No. 5 hole.
Boesch has gone more than a month without a homer. In three straight games last week, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon walked Cabrera intentionally with runners on first and second, two outs in the seventh and the Rays up by a run. And in each case, Boesch made an out to end the inning.
"There was a bag open — it doesn't matter which one it is," Maddon said afterward. "I just thought, this is not that difficult."
• It's been a tough year for Pirates pitchers. In April, former Mariner Chris Jakubauskas was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Lance Berkman, landing him on the disabled list.
This week, Ross Ohlendorf got nailed in the right side of the head by a liner hit by Troy Tulowitzki. Ohlendorf was diagnosed with a bruise and abrasion but is expected to be fine. Jakubauskas was sidelined for two months and is now at Class AAA Indianapolis.
"It didn't hit me like Jakubauskas," Ohlendorf told reporters. "It's obvious that it didn't hit me as hard as it could have. I do feel like I got pretty lucky. My head doesn't feel as good as it did before it got hit, but it doesn't feel bad at all."
• Great quote from Matt Garza of Tampa Bay after throwing his no-hitter and calling his 8-year-old son, who was home with the rest of the family in Northern California:
"My son is the funniest kid ever," Garza told the St. Petersburg Times. "When I threw against the Marlins, he told me, "Man, dad, you suck — one inning, seven runs. I could do that.'
"I call him last night and I said, 'Matthew, did you watch the game' He's like, 'Yeah.' I said, 'Nine innings, no hits. Who sucks now?' And he goes, 'You're still not an All-Star.' "
"He's a chip off the old block. It was good though. He's a competitor, and that's the way I like it. He keeps you grounded. He's like, you're not the best yet. So don't start floating away yet."