My favorite injuries usually occur in baseball, probably because that sport has significantly less athletic players than football and basketball.

But the early leader for the 2012 “Worst Injury of the Year” is Dustin Penner, a wing on the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Penner is married to Jessica Welch, a low-level actress you probably have never heard of.

Die-hard hockey fans may know her as the ex-wife of another NHL player, Richard Zednik. They were married for three years before a contentious divorce in which he gave her $1 million in cash.

At any rate, Welch made Penner a nice pancake breakfast, and his back froze to the point that he couldn’t stand up. He said, “I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made.

... It’s just like [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes ... so it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident.”

A-Rod pins one more

 

What’s Alex Rodriguez better at — choking in the postseason or finding muscular women to date? Rodriguez, who hasn’t hit above .273 in the Yankees’ last three playoff series, recently began dating former wrestler Torrie Wilson.

Yes, his girlfriend used to wrestle.

I should be careful here, because I’ve seen the recent photos of Wilson in a bikini and she’s got bigger biceps than I do. Wilson is ripped. Her abs look as if they were chiseled from granite. Wilson has posed for Playboy twice, but I wouldn’t Google that if you’re reading this at work.

–Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes off the field and runs the popular sports blog, TheBigLead.com.

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