Madison Bumgarner’s serious dirt bike accident is the latest in a line of costly and careless off-field injuries suffered by San Francisco Giants players over the years.
Bumgarner will reportedly be out for up to two months after spraining his left shoulder and injuring his ribs Thursday in Denver.
It’s already lining up to be the Giants’ costliest preventable mishap ever. Sadly for San Francisco, Bumgarner’s accident is a case of ugly history repeating itself.
Here are some other Giants who have been sidelined with injuries under bizarre circumstances:
Jeff Kent: The former Giants second baseman broke his wrist during spring training in 2002. Kent initially said he was injured when he fell off his truck at a self-service car wash. Then it turned out he actually was hurt while doing tricks with his motorcycle.
Jeremy Affeldt: In September of 2011, the reliever punctured his right hand with a knife while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties at a barbecue. Affeldt missed the rest of the season after suffering nerve damage in his right hand.
Mike Ivie. Ivie was penciled in to replace Willie McCovey at first base in 1980, but a hunting trip ruined that plan. Ivie sliced off part of his pinky on his right hand while hunting and the injury sapped his power. Frustrated partly by the injury, Ivie wound up briefly walking away from baseball during the season.
Roger Metzger. The first installment of “When Knives Attack Giants” starred Metzger, San Francisco’s shortstop in 1979. He had the tips of four fingers on his throwing hand sliced off in a table-saw accident at his Houston home. Doctors couldn’t reattach the fingers after his father collected them and put them on ice, but Metzger was able to briefly make a return to the game in 1980. However, he was released after hitting just .074.
Chris Brown. No Giants player ever suffered from such a myriad of injuries as Brown, their third baseman in the mid-1980s. And no “injury” was quite like the one that kept him out of the lineup — he complained of a strained eyelid after he “slept on his eye wrong.”