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Tigers’ prospect Andy Oliver has start pushed back after playing with slingshot

May 6, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT


We’ve heard some weird injuries over the years, but this one is up there.

According to Jason Beck of, Tigers’ prospect left-hander Andy Oliver had his Friday start with Triple-A Toledo pushed back after playing with a slingshot on Thursday. I’m not kidding.

No, he wasn’t grounded or anything, but his hand apparently became sore after he used muscles that he doesn’t normally use.

Here’s the word from Triple-A Toledo manager Phil Nevin.

“I think he realizes the ramifications of missing today’s start,” Nevin said. “But it’s part of growing up and realizing priorities. We’re not angry with him or anything like that. It’s not a huge deal.”

Oliver, 23, has a 3.64 ERA and 31/12 K/BB ratio over his first five starts with the Mud Hens this season. Assuming he doesn’t break Mr. Wilson’s window again, he could eventually be a consideration to replace the struggling Phil Coke in the Tigers’ starting rotation.

  1. dlevalley - May 6, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    I love that his manager felt it was appropriate to say “It’s part of growing up…”
    This guy’s 23, right?

  2. cur68 - May 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Uh…hey Andy Oliver; Can I have that sling shot if you’re not going to be allowed to use it any more? I’ll trade you my cap gun for it?

  3. uuddlrlrbastart - May 6, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Andy. We’re not angry. We’re just disappointed.

  4. micker716 - May 7, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    If he had gotten that Red Rider BB gun for Christmas like he wanted, this would never have happened.

  5. luckywi - May 7, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Only in baseball. Maybe he can play Guitar Hero with Zumaya?

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