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Weird Injuries Of Spring Training: Josh Outman

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The Colorado Rockies reliever is the latest entrant in Baseball Nation's Weird Injury series.

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Outman throws during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Outman throws during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

It's not really "spring training" any more, as the regular season begins Wednesday evening in Miami, but the Colorado Rockies' Josh Outman certainly qualifies as having one of the weirder injuries of the just-concluded preseason.

Outman, acquired from the Oakland Athletics this past offseason, was being counted on as a key performer in the Rox' bullpen in 2012, although he wasn't having a great spring (5.06 ERA in 10 appearances). However, he will begin the year on the disabled list. Daniel O'Leary:

The left-hander vomited so violently after a bout with food poisoning, he strained his oblique.

At least, that is the story Rockies manager Jim Tracy is going with.

"The food poisoning, there was a lot of vomiting and I really believe he strained his oblique," Tracy said. "He's been much better over the last couple of days but he hasn't been able to throw. We haven't been able to get him to the mound. So we're just going to err on the side of caution."

Picture injuring yourself that way. Or maybe not; that doesn't sound like a lot of fun, either the food poisoning part or the oblique-straining part. The article indicates that Jamie Moyer, who wasn't going to be activated until his first start, will instead be on Colorado's Opening Day roster.