ATLANTA -- Clint Barmes could only frown, partly with amusement and partly with disbelief. His unfortunate brush with injury infamy is being linked across a seven-year gap with Jeremy Guthrie, the Colorado pitcher who went on the disabled list after jamming his right shoulder falling off a bike. Stories on Guthrie's fall have dredged up another freak injury in Rockies annals -- Barmes' trip early in June 2005 while carrying deer meat up a staircase, in which he suffered a fractured collarbone. "Hard to believe that's still being brought up," said Barmes, who hadn't heard of Guthrie's mishap. "I'm surprised nobody's been texting me about it. I hate to hear that about Guthrie ... but it's pretty hard to beat falling down while carrying deer meat."
Other than perhaps the details, there was nothing funny about Barmes' accident. Either then -- he was hitting .329 at the time, as possibly the frontrunner for National League Rookie of the Year honors, but ended up at .289 after hitting .216 upon his return for the final month of the season. Or since -- the Pirates shortstop hasn't yet been able to return to that level.