There were a lot of crazy (and highly exaggerated) stories floating around about Grant Balfour following last night’s game. And today, Balfour was placed on the DL to make room for Chad Qualls. Now we know why (via The Heater)…

Rays reliever Grant Balfour hurt (intercostal strain) as result of a freak injury, involving horseplay w/pitching coach Jim Hickey on field before Friday game…Manager Joe Maddon called it “a freaky, fluky thing,” said such on-field horseplay is common, won’t be banned.

Serenity Now!



  1. Don says:

    I had this image of Ballfour as a big, tough, Aussie Cowboy.....but....
    Beat up by Hickey, out for 6 weeks...what a SISSY...
    Wish he was around when we were kids...he would never get to play.....please!

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Great! Balfour, one of our best bullpen pitchers, was injured giving pigy-back rides to Hickey. What's next, is Evan gonna get a wrist injury from having tickle fights with Maddon and Martinez!

    This is about as sad, depressing, and desturbing as it gets.


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