It's well known by now that baseball players often turn to pranking teammates to help break up the monotony of a long, grueling season. But have you ever heard of one involving a knife?
Apparently Miami Marlins prospect Josh Naylor has. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the 12th overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft reportedly tried to play a trick on fellow Greensboro Grasshoppers teammate Stone Garrett at their apartment with a knife. Unsurprisingly, things didn't go well.
Instead of drawing a laugh, Garrett was injured, suffering a cut that required three stitches in his right hand and a trip to the disabled list for a undetermined amount of time.
"Naylor has a reputation of being a bit of a prankster, but this one obviously went a little too far," said Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill. "Obviously, he's torn up about it. This is a good friend, his roommate. They came into pro ball together, so they're good friends. Hopefully it'll just be a short term and [Garrett] can get back healthy and return to form and continue on his career."
Naylor, 18, is considered the Marlins' No. 2 prospect in their farm system. The power-hitting first baseman has a slash line of .262/.330/.451 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in the Single-A South Atlantic League, while No. 4 prospect Garrett is hitting .244/.303/.450.
It's unknown what exactly Naylor's intended joke was, but it's safe to say that it's a bit he probably won't be going back to ever again.
"I don't think you'll see Josh Naylor goofing around with knives any more," Hill said. "Other pranks were just pranks and nobody got hurt. Unfortunately, this one ended in an injury, which isn't funny at all."