Jim Hickey's Grappling Skills Knock Grant Balfour Out for 4-6 Weeks
Turns out that Hickey's Camel Clutch can be quite devastating.
Balfour is now on the disabled list and is going to miss four-to-six weeks thanks to a left rib strain he suffered from what was no doubt Hickey's finishing move while the two horsed around before the game.
Rays manager Joe Maddon, while not exactly pleased he just lost one of his relievers, wasn't too upset about it, saying that Hickey and Balfour were engaged in something "guys do every day in these situations. Nothing ever happens. It happened."
Rays Executive VP Andrew Friedman echoed those sentiments as well.
"It's obviously very frustrating and obviously very avoidable now that you look back on it in retrospect," Friedman said. "Both guys were kidding around; it's what happens in a major league clubhouse all the time.
"Nothing ever happens, but when it does, hopefully it makes people more conscious of that because we have a chance to do special things this year, and that's the part of it that's frustrating."
Hickey will not be punished for Balfour's injury, and Maddon went on to say that there will be no rule changes banning such future activities amongs the team.
The freak injury to Balfour probably, at least partially, explains why the Rays showed a sudden interest in Chad Qualls shortly before the trade deadline on Saturday.
Balfour likely won't be back before mid-September, but even if he returns then, odds are it will be November before he gets his no-holds barred rematch with Hickey inside a steel cage.
It's being billed as "Terror at The Trop" and will be available on pay-per-view for $49.95.*
*None of that is true, but it should be.