Top Five Strangest Injuries and Ailments of the 2012 MLB Spring Training: A Fan’s View

The 2012 baseball offseason has been marred by mysterious injuries and ailments to several of the top stars in the sport.

Mets first baseman Ike Davis is off to a fast start in 2011.
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According to a Yahoo! Sports report, New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain had an accident on March 22 while he was playing with trampoline equipment with his son.

He dislocated his right ankle so bad that bone broke through the skin. Chamberlain will be hospitalized for at least a few days.

He's facing a lot right now," Cashman said in the report. "I can't tell you, really, anything more than something unfortunate happened. We're in the very early information side of this thing."

Here's a look at the rest of the strangest ailments and injuries from the 2012 baseball offseason:

David Robertson "Misses A Step"

New York Yankees reliever David Robertson was sent to a Tampa hospital in March after stumbling on a flight of stairs at his home while moving some empty boxes.

He reportedly suffered the injury by simply "missing a step" and rolling over his ankle. "It's just a little sore right now," Robertson said in an report. "I actually just slipped. I misjudged a step and rolled over it a little bit. Clumsy."

Ike Davis' Bout With Valley Fever

Just when you thought you've heard it all, New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis went down early this Spring Training with a case of valley fever. Valley fever is a fungal infection that is released from the dirt in desert regions of the Southwest, and the illness causes extreme fatigue.

"Following additional tests here and in NYC, pulmonary and infectious disease specialists have concluded that Ike likely has valley fever, which is expected to resolve itself over time," the Mets said in a statement in early March.

However, Davis got back to action sooner than expected, as he's been a Spring Training regular since March 5th.

Juan Perez's Mysterious Collapsed Lung

Milwaukee Brewers lefty reliever Juan Perez suffered a partially collapsed lung on March 11 that sprung up out of thin air. "It apparently can happen spontaneously, which in this case it did," assistant general manager Gord Ash said in a Fox Sports report. "He was fine yesterday, and not fine today. It can happen, apparently, from what the doctors said. He just reported this morning with chest pain."

A.J. Burnett Fouls A Ball Into His Face

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett ran into some bad luck in early March when a failed attempt at a bunt resulted in a baseball smashing into his face.

He recently underwent surgery to repair a fractured right orbital bone and there is no immediate timetable for his return.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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Updated Friday, Mar 23, 2012