Omaha Royals outfielder is injured in laughing attack
Good thing he wasn't with KC, those Royals are serious.
It’s never a laughing matter when a player gets injured.
But even Royals director of minor-league operations Shaun McGinn had to chuckle in disbelief when he heard about the recent injury to Omaha Royals outfielder Kerry Robinson.
The start of the O-Royals’ game on Monday was delayed five minutes, according to the Omaha World-Herald, because Robinson had a chest muscle spasm in center field. Trainer Jeff Stevenson told the newspaper that the muscle spasm was triggered when Robinson was laughing at the antics of a youth team that was involved in a pregame promotion.
“Can’t we make up a better injury than that?” McGinn asked. “Can’t we say he pulled a muscle while taking extra batting practice or by lunging for a ball in the outfield or something? That (injury) is crazy.”
Robinson actually stayed in the game through the fourth inning, and contributed a single and a run scored. But the spasms continued, and he was forced to the clubhouse for treatment. The O-Royals were rained out Tuesday and had Wednesday off.
Omaha manager Mike Jirschele said by phone Wednesday that Robinson appeared OK on Tuesday and would have started.
Robinson, by the way, is hitting .351 with a team-high seven steals.
One other note of interest: Light-hitting Andres Blanco isn’t hitting so lightly so far. Blanco is leading the O-Royals with a .354 average.