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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2008 8:58 pm | Updated: 9:50 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

To tell you the truth, I'm not at full strength myself. I stubbed my pinky toe on the vacuum cleaner the other day. Painful? Yes. A cool injury? No.

To tell you the truth, I'm not at full strength myself.

I stubbed my pinky toe on the vacuum cleaner the other day.

Painful?

Yes.

A cool injury?

No.

It's not exactly an injury you want to brag about.

Not like Nolan Ryan getting bitten by a coyote.

That's something you can show off in the clubhouse.

Still, there have been many more embarrassing injuries involving professional athletes during the years.

I figured with Steve's aching tooth and my sore toe, it would be fun to look back at some of the strangest sports injuries.

Some of these just leave yourself shaking your head.

Braves pitcher John Smoltz, for instance, burned his chest when he tried to iron his shirt while wearing it.

Former Twins outfielder Marty Cordova burned his face when he fell asleep in a tanning bed.

When do you know it's time to go on a diet?

When you're Ryan Klesko and you pull a muscle picking up your lunch tray.

Managers aren't immune to strange injuries.

Former Giants skipper Roger Craig cut his hand on a bra strap. (That's all the information I can reveal.)

Soccer players are just as unlucky.

English soccer player Darren Barnard missed four to five months when he slipped on a puddle left by his puppy on the kitchen floor and he shredded his knee.

At least Barnard still had a knee.

Swiss soccer player Paulo Diogo celebrated a goal by jumping on a fence.

However, when he jumped off the fence, his wedding ring got caught and most of his finger was severed from his hand.

Injuries happen in the home all the time.

According to the Home Accident Surveillance System, 5,310 people went to the hospital in 2002 when they injured themselves trying to put on their underwear in the United Kingdom.

Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs didn't hurt himself putting his boxers on.

Nope, it was his cowboy boots that did him in. He injured his back pulling on his boots.

One of the funniest sports injuries involved former baseball player Glenallen Hill.

The outfielder was sleeping on the couch when he had a nightmare about spiders.

In attempt to get away from the eight-legged creature, Hill rolled off the couch and crashed through a glass coffee table. The fall left him with some cuts and bruises.

Smoltz isn't the only Braves pitcher to suffer a weird injury.

Teammate Tom Glavine broke a rib while throwing up airline food.

Former Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman injured his knee when he was run over by a field tarp.

Pitchers seem to get hit the most with bizarre injuries.

Maybe it's all that down time in between starts.

Pitcher Carlos Perez broke his nose in a car accident. He was trying to pass the team bus.

Brewers hurler Steve Sparks injured his shoulder trying to tear a phone book in half.

We've all struggled trying to open the shrink wrap on DVDs.

Pitcher Adam Eaton is no different.

Eaton was using a paring knife to open a DVD when he accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach.

After reading this, I'm sure Giants fans will be shipping off their DVDs to Barry Zito.

How's this for strange?

Clarence Blethan pitched for the Red Sox in 1923.

Blethan was told by teammates he looked more intimidating if he pitched without his false teeth.

So the 30-year old Red Sox rookie put his dentures in his back pocket.

Late in the game, when Blethan slid into second to break up a double play he ... well, bit himself in the butt.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go ice my little toe.

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