Strange Cubs injuries of recent memory
Cubs players have suffered a fair share of freak injuries in recent memory, with starting pitcher José Quintana cutting his thumb while washing dishes being the latest ailment.
Quintana lacerated a nerve in his left thumb washing dishes June 27 and will likely miss the start of the abbreviated 2020 season. A mid-August return appears to be the best-case scenario.
In light of Quintana’s injury, here’s a look back at some other strange Cubs injuries from recent years.
Kyle Farnsworth — 2004
Farnsworth gave up six runs in the ninth inning against the Astros on Aug. 27, 2004, a 15-7 Cubs loss. He took his anger out on an electric fan, and the next day was placed on the injured list with a sprained and bruised right knee. He missed three weeks.
Sammy Sosa — 2004
Sosa sprained a ligament in his lower back after two violent sneezes in May 2004 and hit the injured list. He missed a month before returning on June 18, the start of his final three months in a Cubs uniform.
Mike Remlinger — 2005
Remlinger broke his left pinky finger (throwing hand) after it got caught between two recliners in the Cubs clubhouse. He missed two weeks.
Carlos Zambrano — 2005
Zambrano was suffering from a sore right elbow the Cubs theorized was due to his excessive computer usage. The big right-hander spent four or five hours a day on his computer emailing family members back home in Venezuela.
“Modern technology is a great thing,” Zambrano said at the time.
Kerry Wood — 2007
Wood missed the start of 2007 spring training after slipping out of a hot tub, bruising his chest. The accident came when Wood was attempting to convert to a reliever after injuries decimated his career as a starter.
Ryan Dempster — 2009
The Cubs scored a victory over the Brewers on July 5, 2009. Dempster hopped over the railing in the Cubs dugout to join the on-field celebration and caught his left foot on the rail, breaking his big toe. He missed about a month.
Brandon Morrow — 2018
Morrow developed back spasms taking off his pants after returning home from a Cubs road trip. He jammed his back in the same spot in spring training, only this time around he landed on the 10-day injured list.
Morrow returned only to hit the shelf again a month later. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since despite several comeback attempts with the Cubs. He will miss this season.
Jose Cardenal — 1974: Cardenal couldn't play on Opening Day after waking up with an eyelid swollen shut. Two years prior, he asked not to play in a spring training game after crickets kept him up all night.
Steve Trout — 1985: Trout fell off a stationary bike and was forced to miss a start.
Michael Barrett — 2006: Barrett took a foul tip to his groin in September and experienced "intrascrotal hematoma." He missed the rest of the season.
Felix Pie — 2008: Pie suffered testicular torsion in spring training. He returned to win the starting center field job.