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Detroit pitcher injured by Guitar Hero

December 16, 2006 at 03:35 PM
Joel Zumaya

Detroit Tigers fireballer Joel Zumaya was sidelined during this year's American League Championship Series against Oakland. The 22 year old reliever pitched only a single inning during the series because of an injured forearm. Now thanks to a radio interview with general manager Dave Dombrowski we know that Zumaya's inflamed forearm came thanks to the PS2 game Guitar Hero:

During the radio interview, Dombrowski said the Tigers' athletic training staff discovered that Zumaya's forearm pain was more consistent with the action of a guitar player than a baseball pitcher. The Tigers asked Zumaya to stop playing the video game, and he did. Zumaya then pitched pain-free during the World Series, and went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three appearances.

Exactly how much Guitar Hero did he have to play to knock himself out of an important postseason series? I know as a youngster I used to get blisters on my thumbs from playing too much Super Mario World, but I'm relatively sure that if my team is in the playoffs and I'm making half a million bucks I'd stop before it put me on the disabled list.

It'll be interesting to see which pro athlete is the first to go down due to a Wii-related mishap.

(via Joystiq)

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