Jeff Baker Placed on Disabled List After Injuring Himself High Fiving

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterJune 19, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 10: Jeff Baker #15 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated for hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning] against the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 10, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Do you have something you want to tell the class, Jeff? You hurt yourself doing what?

Avoidable injuries and sports seem to go together like Campbell’s chicken soup and roofing mortar—the two should never mix, but for some reason, it keeps happening.

The most recent casualty in bonehead sports injuries belongs to Texas Rangers infielder Jeff Baker, who suffered a sprained right thumb after an “over-exuberant” exchange with a teammate, according to

Baker has been placed on the disabled list, despite Texans manager Ron Washington promising to not take the infielder off his active roster. 

How’d the injury go down? Celebratory thumb-war? Did he thumbs-up too fast and hyperextend it? 

None of the above, it would appear. A botched high five, according to ESPN. Baker explained the situation in sparse terms, unwilling to name the individual responsible for slamming his hand off the field.

“The teammate was a little over-excited, for whatever reason,” Baker said to reporters. “It bent my thumb back. It is what it is. It’s unfortunate.”

Unfortunate is a kind of way of putting it, considering the Rangers have eight players currently on the disabled list. Despite the damage to the lineup, the Rangers are at least trying to have a sense of humor about it all.

The Dallas News Twitter account also had some words of wisdom to share with Baker. 

Remember kids—only you can prevent terrible sports high fives. Well, you cannot actually prevent them in the MLB, but you can do your best to look in every fiver that comes your way and try to make solid contact.

On another note, if you’re a high school ballplayer looking to sign a major league deal, tuck your hands behind your back the next time someone comes at you with a hand upheld and a crazy look in their eye.