"It took Nick [Swartz, the Royals trainer,] about five minutes to get it," Gobble said. "He didn't have to cut anything. There was a gap where it had started to push up and lift my toenail."
It was a cactus needle. Too thin for earlier detection, but wedged in deep, and it had started to work its way out as the nail grew - just as the doctor predicted.
"It was probably an inch or a little over that," Gobble said. "As soon as it came out, I could tell the difference."
I suppose the next step is for Ryan Howard to be squirted in eye by a grapefruit, cartoon-style, Sometimes I honestly think that baseball players just wander around trying to one-up each other with the goofiest ways they can think of to get injured.