Russell Martin gets stitches after giving too hard a high five

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There have actually been a lot of ballplayers who have injured themselves while celebrating.

Kendrys Morales missed a whole season after breaking his leg stomping on home plate after a home run. Anibal Sanchez twisted an ankle after the Tigers clinched the AL central crown a few years back. Aubrey Huff sprained his knee hopping over the railing after Matt Cain‘s perfect game. Mets reliever Ramon Ramirez injured his hamstring that same year celebrating Johan Santana’s no-hitter. My favorite was the Marlins’ Chris Coghlan tearing the meniscus in his left knee while trying to give a pie-to-the-face to Wes Helms after a walkoff win.

Gotta be careful out there, even after the playing is done. Even when you’re giving high fives:

Man, the damage Buck Showalter caused last night is incalculable.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.