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Spring Training Injury Proves It’s Called the ‘Cactus League’ for a Reason

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By  Chris Greenberg 

K-Rod might want to try a team in the Grapefruit League next season.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez suffered a bizarre — but perhaps not entirely unlikely — foot injury during spring training in Arizona: The 32-year-old reliever stepped on a cactus. According to MLB.com, the injury occurred on either Monday or Tuesday and could delay Rodriguez’ spring debut.

“He took out a lot of the thorns, but there some more in there” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told The Associated Press. “I don’t think it’s that big of a setback, but I imagine he’s pretty sore today.”

Rodriguez signed a $3.25 million, one-year contract with the club in February. The Brewers play in the apparently aptly named “Cactus League” in Arizona each spring before returning to Wisconsin for the MLB season.

Perhaps next season, he’ll opt for a team that spends the spring in Florida’s less prickly “Grapefruit League.”

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