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Other Ailments Similar to Buster Posey's Shingles

Buster Posey, member of the San Francisco Giants baseball club, has shingles. Because of course he does? He sat out last night’s game against the Rockies but is expected to return as soon as today. He was even said to be available for pinch-hitting duty if needed.* With shingles? Shingles comes from the same virus as chicken pox, and causes painful blistering skin rashes in any number of places on the body. Posey’s manifested under his left armpit, so keep your face out of there if you can help it. Not only does shingles seem to be very unpleasant, it also doubles as a disease that sounds like it existed about eighty years ago and has since been cured by the miracle of modern medicine. Like Polio. No such lock for Buster, apparently.

*Update: He did pinch hit in the 8th inning, with the Giants down 8 full runs. He flied out. With Shingles. Shingles! Bruce Bochy, Major League Baseball Manager, everybody!

Buster Posey is not alone, however. Thanks to the world wide web, I’ve been able to uncover a number of similar cases that have happened in baseball over the last few years. By similar, I mean instances of baseball players coming down with other strange and esoteric sounding ailments that may or may not have any basis in reality whatsoever. So fear not, young catcher, for you are not the only one to miss baseball due to a disease that many have only heard defined by their grandparents and Wikipedia. There is strength in numbers, and you will prevail. Shingles will not break you.

Other Ailments Similar to Buster Posey’s Shingles

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