Zach Plesac after giving up a home run May 23.

Major League Baseball has seen a lot of strange injuries over the years, but the one Cleveland Indians’ starter Zach Plesac suffered Sunday still stands out. Plesac (seen above after giving up a home run Sunday) allowed five runs in three and two-thirds innings against the Minnesota Twins, and was understandably displeased with that showing. But that led to him hurting himself, as Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters Tuesday:

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Tuesday the team will place right-handed starter Zach Plesac on the injured list because of a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb. The 26-year-old suffered the injury while “rather aggressively ripping off his shirt” and catching his thumb on a chair in the locker room Sunday.

…”He called [athletic trainer] James Quinlan, and James called me,” Francona said. “It was pretty swollen yesterday. … As you can imagine, our wheels started to turn.”

Plesac will meet with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Wednesday to learn more about the prognosis.

That’s rough for the Indians, who already had demoted starter Triston McKenzie Saturday. With Plesac now out as well, they now have two rotation slots to fill. But it’s rougher still for Plesac, who now will be on the lists of “weird baseball injuries” forever more.

[ESPN; photo from Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports]

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