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Braves infielder Paul Janish broke his nose lifting weights

Oct 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Braves utility man Paul Janish has yet to appear in a playoff game, but Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that he’s keeping himself busy by lifting weights and breaking noses:

Janish said he was lifting weights when a 45-pound barbell popped off a squat rack and hit him in the face. “It was a freak deal,” said Janish, who said he was not paying close attention to how the barbell was situated. “I’ve had some stitches, but it’s not bad. It doesn’t affect anything so long as I don’t get hit in the nose again. It’s just a little uncomfortable. It’s all right.”

If the Braves needed a backup infielder and Janish wasn’t able to play the emergency option at third base is apparently Gerald Laird (and his award-winning hirsute abs), which would immediately become the highlight of the 2013 playoffs.

  1. NatsLady - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    That is so Mets… Oh, wait.

  2. jm91rs - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I forgot Gerald Laird was even a Brave. It’s good to know the Braves have another hot-headed catcher to police the game should something happen to Mccann.

  3. bravojawja - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Oh dear God, don’t put Laird at third. With Gattis in left, you’d have to have Simmons playing short left and tell him to catch everything like he’s Kelly Leak.

  4. apkyletexas - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Nothing can beat Matt Holliday ripping his face up with his head-first slide in the playoff game against the Padres in ’07.

  5. rodge1 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Did McCann get in the way of the weight like a ‘tough-guy’ while it celebrated. It’s an unwritten code the weight broke you know.

  6. spacemaker101 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Fail above me

  7. spacemaker101 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Fail above me

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