Brewers GM Doug Melvin hospitalized after suffering a scorpion sting, seriously

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin talks in the dugout prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin will have to wait before getting back to the diamond after literally being bit by a scorpion. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Major League Baseball’s spring training season has barely gotten underway, and we’re already starting to get some of the wild diamond gems we’ve come to know and love.

From Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s skydiving exploits to the Marlins’ cash-strapped ticket sales hilarity, we have a story from the Brewers’ spring training facilities out in Arizona that you can enter into the bizarre category.

Some people might call the organization ‘snake bitten’, having suffered all these years without so much as a sniff at the World Series (not to hate; Mil-town fans will be the first to point out their frustrations) the organization now has a legit claim to something very similar.

Milwaukee’s GM, Doug Melvin, was hospitalized after suffering a scorpion sting on Wednesday night in his Phoenix-area condo. The Brewers Blog has the low down.

“I spent three hours in an emergency room in Scottsdale,” Melvin said Thursday morning at the Brewers’ Maryvale training complex. “My arm is still totally numb.

“It stung me right through the Kleenex. My arm started swelling and then the numbness started going up my arm, like when you hit your funny bone. I was wondering if it might go all the way up my arm and go to my heart. I got nervous when it got up to my shoulder, so I went to the emergency room.

“They gave me (pain medication) and just watched me for a couple of hours. They said your vision can go blurry from that. It was more an education on it but my arm is still numb. First off, they tell you it’s not fatal. But you can have an allergic reaction to it and need an anti-venom injection.”

Melvin is going to be fine, and he will have a crazy story for his troubles. And to think, we haven’t even gotten to the heart of baseball season yet. The dog days of summer are coming, sooner or later, and if we have more wackiness like this, it’s going to be a great season.

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