This will go down as one of the more bizarre spring training injuries.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who reported late to camp after dealing with visa issues due to Venezuela's unstable political climate, stepped barefoot on a cactus either Monday night or during the team's off-day Tuesday, reports MLB.com.
"He took a lot out, but there's some more in there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters while Rodriguez was getting the cactus spines removed from his foot. "I don't think it's that big of a setback, but I imagine he's pretty sore today. I don't know if you guys have stepped on one, but you know how little some of the (spines) are? And they're in there for a while."
Rodriguez is scheduled to make his spring debut Thursday against the San Diego Padres, but Roenicke is not worried about the setback.
"With Frankie, he may come in today and say, 'I'm pitching.' I don't know. It'll be tough to keep him back, the way he is. Like I said, he may end up pitching (on Thursday as scheduled). It could happen. I just have to talk to him and see how he's doing."