John Bale Gets In Fistfight With Door, Door Wins

Kansas City Royals P John Bale, he of the portly 7.63 ERA, recently went on the disabled list with a tight throwing shoulder.

John Bale Kansas City Royals

Elements of his rehab probably included ice treatment, stretching, and rest. Punching a door in a hotel? Not so much.


Ironically, Bale was making progress with his shoulder problem and it was hoped he would come off the DL in the next few days. He threw a simulated game Friday and was due to throw live batting practice early in the week. Following Friday’s throwing session, manager Trey Hillman was optimistic Bale was close to being activated.

But according to, Hillman said the condition of Bale’s arm worsened after the session, leading to frustration.

“Very unfortunate,” Hillman said, according to the Web site. “He’s embarrassed about it.”

X-rays revealed a fracture in Bale’s throwing hand (did we mention it was his throwing hand?) and he was sent back to Kansas City. As if being on the DL wasn’t bad enough. Now he has to spend a couple extra days in KC doing nothing. At least they have good ribs, provided Bale doesn’t break any in his upcoming wrestling match with his refrigerator.