San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner will reportedly spend the next three months recovering from a hunting related injury. Corey Brock of MLB.com tweeted that Cashner suffered a puncture wound to his right thumb while dressing meat. He underwent surgery for a lacerated tendon.
Now cue some ignorant folk that will chalk this up to Cashner being a big dumb Texan that shouldn’t be engaging in such barbaric activities as hunting.
Hunting is inherently dangerous. Hell, you could get shot by Robin Yount if you’re not careful. Anything that involves carrying a gun and wielding knives is dangerous. What hunting is not is an activity that indubitably characterizes those who enjoy it as some sort of bloodthirsty backwoods hillbillies.
I tried hunting once. When I was a young boy, my neighbour went on several rabbit hunting trips a season with his grandfather, and I accepted an invitation to join them on one occasion. They only had two .22 calibre rifles, so I was handed a shotgun that was far too powerful to be used to hunt bunnies. With some encouragement from my friend and his grandfather, I pulled the trigger that afternoon and blew a rabbit to pieces. I found out that day that hunting was not for me.
I guess what I’m getting at here is that hunting is not for everyone. Perhaps there’s something more noble about killing your own food as opposed to ordering a venison steak at a nice restaurant. I dunno.
Anywhoo, Andrew Cashner didn’t injure himself because hunting is disgusting and a hobby for hicks. He injured himself because he wasn’t careful enough with his blade. I suppose there’s an argument to be made that he shouldn’t have been cleaning his own meat, and that perhaps someone with more time on their hands, like Yasmani Grandal, should have done it for him.
Now the Padres face the reality of a young pitcher spending the winter in shutdown mode thanks to a freak accident the likes that not even Mark Prior has ever had to endure.
Update: U-T Padres reports that Cashner was accidentally stabbed in the thumb by a friend who slipped while dressing meat. Nice friend!