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 MLB.com, 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.
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