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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Apparently, the injury bug is so bad around the Texas Rangers it isn't even safe to celebrate.
Jeff Baker sprained his right thumb on Thursday when a celebratory high-five missed the mark and bent his thumb the wrong way. Now he can't grip a bat.
Baker, batting .317 with nine home runs and 16 RBIs, is day to day. He leads the majors in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS against left-handers.The 31-year-old did not identify the teammate who gave out the high-five. "The teammate was a little over-excited, for whatever reason," Baker said. "It bent my thumb back. It is what it is. It's unfortunate. We'll deal with it and move on." The Rangers have eight players on the disabled list, including second baseman Ian Kinsler and first baseman Mitch Moreland. "When it rains it pours," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said.
Rangers manager Ron Washington had no comment when asked if high-fives would be banned.
"I didn't see it, but I heard about it," Washington said. "They've been doing [high-five hand slaps] since I've been here. He told me he felt better, so we'll give him another day and see."Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.