Guitar Hero to Blame for Pitcher’s Injury

Guitar Hero to Blame for Pitcher's Injury

Guitar Hero to Blame for Pitcher's Injury

A pitcher for the Detroit Tigers missed three playoff games from a repetitive strain injury caused by playing way too much Guitar Hero, a radio interview this week revealed.

The right-handed Joel Zumaya, 22, missed the games during the American League Championship Series in October because of forearm pain.

Training staff found that his injury was more in line with a guitar playing motion than throwing, club president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told a radio station. Guitar Hero’s main selling-point is the guitar-shaped controller that simulates the strumming and fretboard fingering of a real guitar.

When staff told him to stop playing the PlayStation 2 game, the pain went away, and he pitched pain-free for three appearances during the World Series.

A comment on USA Today’s fantasy baseball boards regarding the injury read, “It’s only the beginning; just wait until next year when all of the Wii-related injuries begin to strike.”

Source: Detroit Free Press