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Micah Johnson needed stitches after avocado incident

Micah Johnson, Joe Mauer

Chicago White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson (7) fields a ground ball hit by Minnesota Twins designated hitter Joe Mauer for an out during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)


While not quite in Jeff Kent territory, Micah Johnson’s injury joins the list of weird non-baseball-related injuries to baseball players. As Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports, the Dodgers’ second baseman cut his left hand trying to remove an avocado pit. He required stitches and is expected to miss a week while the wound heals.

Johnson was selected by the White Sox in the ninth round of the 2012 draft and was acquired by the Dodgers as part of a three-team Todd Frazier trade this past December that also involved the Reds. He made the White Sox Opening Day roster but struggled in 114 plate appearances, batting .230/.306/.270 and was sent back to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-May. In 353 PA with Charlotte, Johnson fared much better, hitting .315/.375/.466 while stealing 28 bases.

Johnson, 25, is behind Howie Kendrick, Chase Utley, and Enrique Hernandez at second base on the depth chart, so he is likely to open up the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City barring a scorching spring performance.

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