Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/16/12

For the second straight day on Friday, the Phillies had to scratch outfielder Dominic Brown from their lineup with a neck injury. Neck injuries are fairly common, but keep in mind we’re talking about baseball and spring training. Naturally, there is an amusing story behind Brown’s injury.

“I really don’t know… I slept during the bus rise to Kissimmee, and then in (Wednesday’s) home game, in the third at-bat, it kind of got worse,” Brown said according to the Delaware County Times. “I don’t feel it until I really start swinging. I feel it right in here (points almost to throat) and in the back of my head. They don’t think it’s a nerve thing, so that’s good. I’m just taking it day by day.”

Brown said the injury is frustrating but “stuff like this happens.” We make fun, but we have all been there. I’ve woken up with a stiff neck many times after sleeping in my own bed, let alone taking a nap on the bus. In fact, he’s not even the first guy to injure himself while sleeping. At least he didn’t hurt himself toweling off or carrying empty boxes down the stairs.

The only advice I can give to Brown would be to drink plenty of coffee before bus rides from now on. Falling asleep sitting up is never a great idea.

H/T Hardball Talk

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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