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Mark DeRosa aggravated his oblique injury high-fiving Bryce Harper

May 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Mark DeRosa is on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and manager Davey Johnson revealed that he may have aggravated the injury high-fiving Bryce Harper. Seriously.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details:

DeRosa’s progress returning from a strained left oblique muscle was stunted in an odd way, Johnson said. As Bryce Harper came into the dugout Sunday night after he stole home against the Phillies, DeRosa aggravated his oblique when Harper gave him a forceful high-five.

“I don’t know if that set back the rehab or not,” Johnson said. “But I said, ‘Why didn’t use your [right] hand?’ He said it was spur of the moment.”

In fairness to DeRosa, a 19-year-old rookie stealing home after the opposing pitcher put him on base with an intentional plunking was pretty amazing and certainly worthy of “a forceful high-five.” Of course, considering how much of the past few seasons DeRosa has spent on the disabled list he might want to change his congratulatory routine to, say, laid back thumbs-ups.

  1. syracuse451 - May 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Is there anything that Harper doesn’t do well? I mean, even his high fives are too awesome for some people to handle

    • dennisund - May 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Yeah, DeRosa would be on the DL if Harper blew kisses at him, too.

  2. kevinbnyc - May 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    DeRosa should now be allowed to plunk Harper. He needs to learn to keep his high fives old school.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Cole Hamels was apparently offended by the amount of force Harper used during the offending high five.
    Hamels was quoted as saying “I’m old school. They didn’t high five lack that back in the 50s. That kid Harper will pay for that”

  4. thomas2727 - May 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    DeRosa is a China Doll. He is turning into Mark Prior with the never ending injury’s.

  5. indaburg - May 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Just out: the Red Sox are now prohibiting their players from high fiving. Not that they have any reason to.

    • baseballisboring - May 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Well done…that one cut deep though…

  6. afirst916 - May 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Mike Rizzo thinks that DeRosa’s oblique is chicken sh*t

  7. jwbiii - May 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    You have to figure that if he aggravated an injury high fiving a teammate, he’s quite a ways away from throwing a baseball or swinging a bat. Getting dressed might be an injury risk for him.

  8. spindervish - May 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    This is just ridiculous. I realize these guys are highly valuable assets, but for fuck’s sake, some of these “injuries” you hear about are just stunning. This is worse than pulling an oblique while sneezing.

  9. marvinband9 - May 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    High five came after being “plunked” and not before, old school bull.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Cole Hamels says the high five came between plunkings…

      Cole Hamels doesn’t sleep, he waits

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