Swallowed chewing tobacco caused Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez's early exit Wednesday

Justin Edmonds

It's probably safe to add "heartburn" to the list of things Gonzalez was suffering from after the incident.

Every year, there are countless injuries to baseball players that induce a good laugh or two from the general public.

There was one on Wednesday that might top them all.

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was lifted in the sixth inning of the team's game against the Marlins in a double-switch, immediately raising concerns that something was wrong with the oft-injured star. When word came several minutes later that CarGo was experiencing dizziness and dehydration, concern was replaced with cautious relief among those who follow the Rockies.

That cautious relief gave way to comic relief after the game, when Colorado manager Walt Weiss offered a description of what factored into Gonzalez's condition to MLB.com's Thomas Harding:

"He might've swallowed some dip or something. He landed hard, knocked the wind out of himself, swallowed some dip, dehydration, all those things were factors."

That's right. Gonzalez pulled a Bill Cosby and swallowed Mr. Ike's chewing tobacco. It was a temporary setback, as the two-time All-Star was back in the lineup on Thursday and went 1-for-5 in the series finale.

Things certainly could have been worse for CarGo. Like the dip ingestion turning into, say, a vomit-inducing illness -- something that caused former Rockies and current Indians reliever Josh Outman to land on the disabled list with a strained oblique in 2012.

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