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07:51 AM ET 07.16 | While there was speculation the Padres might shut Mat Latos down for a bit, they found a spot for him on the DL -- because of a sneeze. While walking down some steps at Coors Field in Denver last Friday, Mat Latos stifled a sneeze. That aborted sneeze led to pain in Latos' side that landed the 22-year-old pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. How convenient, since the Padres wanted to push back Latos' next start. Because his time on the disabled list officially started last Friday, Latos will be eligible to pitch July 24 in Pittsburgh. "If it had to happen at any time, this was a good time," Latos said. "They wanted to put me on a break here." Latos didn't know exactly what his injury is, although he said it was "against my ribs." "Is it a big deal?" Latos said. "That depends on how it goes and how long I'll miss. It's sore. I am not going to lie."

The San Diego Union-Tribune

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July 16, 2010  08:46 AM ET

I wish I could miss work because of a single sneeze...

July 16, 2010  09:01 AM ET

Baseball players make puzsies look hard-nosed.

KO'd by a sneeze... yeah that about sums up those macho men. I'm still impressed that so many of them play through their periods every month though.

July 16, 2010  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Baseball players make puzsies look hard-nosed. KO'd by a sneeze... yeah that about sums up those macho men. I'm still impressed that so many of them play through their periods every month though.

Boycotting the NBA? yeah, I agree, some of the baseball injuries are pathetic. On the DL because of a sneeze, that's gotta be a first.

July 16, 2010  09:05 AM ET

Sounds like a JD Drew injury............

July 16, 2010  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Boycotting the NBA? yeah, I agree, some of the baseball injuries are pathetic. On the DL because of a sneeze, that's gotta be a first.

Yeah... after that stupid fiasco over LBNique I can't take it anymore. The lunatics are running the asylum.

July 16, 2010  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wish I could miss work because of a single sneeze...

Next time you sneeze, keep your eyes open during the sneeze, you'd definitely miss some work then.. ;)

July 16, 2010  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Baseball players make puzsies look hard-nosed. KO'd by a sneeze... yeah that about sums up those macho men. I'm still impressed that so many of them play through their periods every month though.

And didn't Clint Barmes fall and break his wrist (or his finger?) a couple of years ago hauling groceries up the stairs to his apartment? Damn, Colorado is a dangerous place. :-)

July 16, 2010  09:31 AM ET

It's convenient that he scored a sneeze-related injury to put him on the DL right when the club wanted him to take time off anyway. If you need a bogus injury, at least get a paper cut or something. Maybe rub some lemon juice in there to make it look really irritated and nasty.

July 16, 2010  09:42 AM ET

For those that are making fun of sneeze injuries, they're quite common. Just google it, tons of information on what can happen during a sneeze.

July 16, 2010  09:53 AM ET

baseball players do get some of the most puszi-fied injuries known to mankind. I'm certain it was an excuse to limit their young stud arm......he was on pace to throw 200+ inns. with prolly never throwing anywhere near 150 inns in any season of his career.

July 16, 2010  10:05 AM ET

Because the injury is BS.

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July 16, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

For those that are making fun of sneeze injuries, they're quite common. Just google it, tons of information on what can happen during a sneeze.

Sneeze-related injuries might be nothing to, um, sneeze at ... but you have to admit the timing is cute.

July 16, 2010  10:16 AM ET

Gesundheit

July 16, 2010  10:16 AM ET

Duncan Keith is laughing his **** off...

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July 16, 2010  10:35 AM ET

I can see a sneeze dropping a World Cup Soccer player to his knees, but a MLB player? Jeesh.

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July 16, 2010  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

For those that are making fun of sneeze injuries, they're quite common. Just google it, tons of information on what can happen during a sneeze.

Quite common? Not really. Sure there are examples of ridiculous injuries related to sneezing but that doesnt make it common.

I am waiting for Borass to come up with a clause that gives his players bonuses because they avoided missing anytime during a season due to their sneezes.

 
July 16, 2010  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

For those that are making fun of sneeze injuries, they're quite common. Just google it, tons of information on what can happen during a sneeze.

If it is so common, please name one other pro athlete who has been unable to play his / her sport because of sneezing.

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